Karnataka Election: 2613 candidates are in fray for tomorrow’s assembly elections polling
There are 2613 candidates in the fray for the 10th of May Assembly elections in Karnataka. While BJP has fielded 224 candidates, the Congress 223, and Janata Dal (Secular) 207 candidates. Two hundred and nine candidates from the Aam Aadmi Party and 133 BSP candidates are also in the fray. A total of 918 candidates are Independents while 685 are from registered unrecognized political parties. We have a report on a few key candidates who have remained unbeaten and are seeking re-election this time too.
There are several key candidates in the fray who have remained unbeaten and are seeking re-election again from their constituencies. Among those is R V Deshpande who is fighting for the ninth time from Haliyal in Uttara Kannada district.
If he wins this time, then he will break the record held by Congress National President Mallikarjuna Kharge who had won eight times without a defeat. Another Congress leader Siddaramaiah has won eight times and lost three times during his political career. BJP senior leader B S Yediyurappa who held his seat for eight terms from Shikaripur has given his seat to his son B Y Vijendra this time.
Congress State President D K Shivakumar is a seven-time MLA. The six-time MLA Jagadish Shetter is contesting for the seventh time from Congress. R Ashoka from BJP is a six-time MLA. In 2004 he created a record by winning with a margin of 84000 votes from Uttarahalli. Another six-time MLA is B Ramanath Rai of Congress from the Bantwal assembly seat. Two-time Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy of JD(S) is a four-time MLA and two-time MP.