Karnataka Assembly election: Siddaramaiah files nomination from Badami

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The BJP could more than double its tally to 89 in the 224 seat assembly in May's state election, but fall two seats short of what India's main opposition Congress party, which governs the state, is likely to get, according to the opinion poll by TV station Times Now and VotersMood Research aired late on Monday. Siddaramaiah had just quit the JD (S) and joined the Congress, miffed at being sidelined for Kumaraswamy.

Tuesday, the last day of nominations to the Karnataka Assembly elections, witnessed high drama, with political parties changing candidates and springing surprises in many constituencies in the last minute. On the choice of CM candidate, Kharge said, "CM (Siddaramaiah) is already there.

On 13th June, 2017, the CBI began the process to shut down all cases related to the iron-ore mining scam", said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala. In five years, there were three chief ministers. According to the survey, the Congress is presently securing about three-fourths of the Kuruba vote (the community to which Siddaramaiah belongs), three-fifths of the Muslim vote, almost half of the Dalit vote (who are about 17 percent of the total electorate) and two-fifths of the tribal vote.

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Vijayendra was widely expected to file his nomination on Monday to battle Siddaramaiah's son since he had spent almost three weeks in the constituency building a rapport with voters. He had moved to Varuna with the hope of contesting the seat. GT Devegowda, sitting JDS MLA from Chamundeshwari, is in the limelight now, as he has challenged his mentor Siddaramaiah.

"The mutt only blesses politicians for their future endeavours and does not make any attempt to influence the voters", says junior pontiff of the Siddaganga Mutt, Siddalinga Swami. These are recent developments, and came after Yeddyurappa's son was denied the Varuna ticket. Reports suggest that there is a section within the BJP which is rejoicing. On the other hand, BJP's Yeddyurappa is at second place with 26% respondents voting for him. MP Sriramulu, a close associate of the Bellary Reddy brothers, is known to be highly influential with Scheduled Tribe voters. The party said that it was a captive CBI that rescued the Reddys of Ballari. In all a total of 2,407 candidates have filed their nomination papers.