State Core Committee meeting in Bangalore today

Bharatiya Janata Party State president Pralhad Joshi has said that the party’s first list of candidates would be announced on April 5.

Speaking to presspersons at his residence after meeting ticket aspirants and their supporters, Mr. Joshi said the party’s State Core Committee meeting would be held in Bangalore on Thursday, where a decision on the list would be finalised.

He clarified that there was keen competition because of large number of aspirants and hence the State committee had decided to recommend only one name per constituency.

However, it was difficult in some constituencies where there was more than one eligible candidate.

Mr. Joshi said after the Core Committee meeting, he would proceed to Delhi to seek approval of the central committee on the first list. “The first list would have 160 to 170 candidates,” he said.

To a query, Mr. Joshi said in order to make campaign activities easier, senior leaders of the party had been entrusted with the responsibility of handling various districts.

The former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda would be in charge of campaign activities in coastal Karnataka and Mysore, while Deputy Chief Minister R. Ashok would handle Bangalore. Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa would be in charge of Shimoga, Davangere and Bellary, while Minister C.T. Ravi would take care of Gulbarga, Raichur, Yadgir and Bidar, he said.

Mr. Joshi said he and Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar would be in charge of the Bombay Karnataka region.

Regarding the resignation of Lingsugur MLA Manappa Vajjal, Mr. Joshi said it didn’t affect the BJP as the MLA had distanced himself from the party much earlier.

“Moreover, he was never considered for party ticket,” he said.

Regarding Ministers Murugesh Nirani and V. Somanna, he expressed confidence that they would stay in the BJP during Assembly election.

  • The first list is likely to have 160 to 170 candidates

  • There is keen competition because of the large number of aspirants: Joshi