The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has released its second list of candidates for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections, dropping the names of seven sitting MLAs from the first list that was released earlier on April 12, 2023. The move has brought clarity to the election scenario in the state.
One of the sitting MLAs whose name was dropped from the second list is Nadal Virupakshappa of Channagiri, who had been in the news in March for accepting a bribe of Rs. 40 lakh. MLAs from Davanagere North, Mudigere, Haveri, Mayakonda, Byndur, and Kalghatki constituencies have also been dropped from the list and have been replaced with new candidates.
BJP’s candidate for the Davanagere North constituency, SA Ravindranath, who is 76 years old, has been replaced by Lokikere Nagaraj. The former Chief Minister and six-term MLA, Jagadish Shettar, who met with BJP president J P Nadda earlier in the day to stake his claim to contest from his Hubli-Dharwad Central constituency, has also been excluded from the list. The party has already announced its candidate for the seat.
The second list includes two women candidates, taking the total number of women fielded by the BJP in its list of 212 candidates so far to 10. The party is yet to announce candidates for 12 seats in the 224-member Assembly.
The Karnataka Assembly elections are scheduled for May 10, 2023, with the results being announced on May 13. The last date for nominations is April 20, and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 24. The Congress has released a list of 166 candidates, while the JD(S) has named 93 candidates for the upcoming elections.