Former Karnataka Minister and mining baron G. Janardhana Reddy, lodged in Andhra Pradesh jail in connection with illegal mining case, is all set to contest the Assembly elections in Karnataka due in May next year on BSR (Congress) ticket.

Mr. Reddy was arrested in September last year by CBI.

“Janardhana Reddy will contest next Assembly polls as candidate of Badava Shramika Raitha Congress (BSR (Congress)) either from Bellary, Kushtagi or Chitradurga constituencies. He is yet to make a choice from where he would contest,” Bellary MLA G. Somashekara Reddy, brother of Mr. Reddy told reporters here.

Mr. Somashekara Reddy said BSR (Congress) president B. Sriramulu would soon send in an affidavit to CBI in this regard. “We are confident that Janardhana Reddy will contest the election because people remember him as a good person. He is a victim of political conspiracy,” he said.

Mr. Sriramulu had visited Mr. Janardhana Reddy on November 28 in Chanchalaguda Central Prison in Hyderabad and discussed about the elections, he said.

The mining baron-turned-politician had appealed to the CBI special court in Hyderabad to release him on bail to make it possible for him to contest the elections, he said.

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