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BJP to field candidates in all 28 LS seats in K’taka: Eshwarappa


Team Udayavani, Mar 20, 2019, 1:12 PM IST

Bengaluru: The Bharatiya Janata Party will field its candidates in all 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka, senior BJP leader and MLA K S Eshwarappa said on Wednesday. The former deputy chief minister also said the list of candidates has been almost finalised and could be released Wednesday night. 

“Our list of candidates is almost final…In all likelihood our national president would release it tonight. We are contesting in all the 28 Lok Sabha seats.We are getting more than expected overwhelming support,” Eshwarappa told reporters. 

He was also asked about the Mandya parliamentary seat from where actor Sumalatha, the widow of popular Kannada film actor and former Mandya MP, is in the fray. There are 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, including Mandya, the Shivamogga MLA said. 

Earlier when Sumalatha announced her decision to contest from the constituency as an Independent, BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa had said the party would take a call on Mandya. Sumalatha filed her nomination from Mandya Wednesday. Replying to a query that fielding a candidate in Mandya would mean there is no support for Sumalatha, Eshwarappa said, “I am telling you specifically that there is no dilemma.” 

“When I said that we are fielding a candidate in Mandya, what should it mean? We will not back stab our candidate by supporting any other person,” he said.

The decision to field candidates in all the 28 seats was taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah after consulting the party state president, Eshwarappa said. 

The BJP will make all efforts to win all the seats in the state, he added. Sources in BJP told PTI that the party decided to field a candidate in Mandya as a precautionary measure. 

“What if Sumalatha suddenly withdraws her nomination succumbing to some pressure. Earlier also, we had a similar experience. This is the reason that we have decided to field our candidate,” a senior BJP functionary said. 

Karnataka will go to the polls in two phases, 14 constituencies each, on April 18 and 23. 

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