Karnataka Assembly polls | Laxman Savadi to contest from Athani, Siddaramaiah won’t contest from Kolar

The former Union Minister Margaret Alva’s son Nivedit Alva and the former Minister Motamma’s daughter Nayana Jyothi Jhawar bag ticket

Updated - April 16, 2023 11:38 am IST

Published - April 15, 2023 03:21 pm IST - Bengaluru

Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah. File

Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah. File | Photo Credit: K. Bhagya Prakash

A day after Laxman Savadi severed his ties with the BJP and joined the Congress, the party on Saturday announced his candidature from Athani constituency in Belagavi district.

In a significant move, the party put to rest speculation over the candidate in Kolar. The party fielded Kothur G. Manjunath from Kolar and not the former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who will now be confined to Varuna. It was speculated that he would contest from Kolar too as a second seat.

16 new faces

The Congress on Saturday announced its third list of 43 candidates. Now, the party has to release candidates for the remaining 15 constituencies. There are 16 new faces in the list and 38 in all the lists so far.

Mr. Savadi, a three-time MLA, was denied the ticket by the ruling BJP and then joined the Congress on Friday. He resigned from the membership of the Karnataka Legislative Council. He has to face Mahesh Kumathalli, then in the Congress, now the BJP nominee.

In Arsikere, K.M. Shivalinge Gowda, who quit the JD(S) and joined the Congress a few days ago, has been fielded to contest the poll. He was elected to the Assembly in 2018 on the JD(S) ticket.

Actor not in race

Well-known Kannada actor and former Minister Umashree has been denied the ticket from the Terdal constituency in Bagalkot district. Siddapppa Ramappa Konnur has been given the ticket. In the Shikaripur constituency of Shivamogga district, the Congress has fielded G.B. Malatesh. He would take on B.Y. Vijayendra, son of the former Chief Minister and Lingayat strongman B.S. Yediyurappa.

H.C. Yogesh is the party’s nominee in Shivamogga constituency, while in Shivamogga Rural (SC), the party has fielded Sreenivas Kariyanna. Uday Shetty of the party will contest from Karkala constituency and he has to face Energy and Kannada and Culture Minister V. Sunil Kumar. In Kundgol of Dharwad district, the party has fielded incumbent MLA Kusumavathi C. Shivalli, despite resentment against her among a section of party workers.

In Hassan, the party has given the ticket to Banavasi Rangaswamy. He will take on Preetham J. Gowda of the BJP and H.P. Swaroop of the JD(S). The constituency is likely to witness a triangular contest.

In Bengaluru

In Saturday’s list, the party named its candidates for four constituencies in Bengaluru — Dasarahalli (Dhanajaya Gangadharaiah), Chickpet (R.V. Devaraj), Bommanahalli (Umapathi Srinivas Gowda), and Bengaluru South (K.R. Ramesh).

In Puttur, Dakshina Kannada district, the party has denied the ticket to the former MLA Shakuntalal Shetty and fielded Ashok Kumar Rai. John Richard Lobo has been asked to contest from Mangaluru South. This apparently disappointed Ivan D’souza, who was aspiring for the ticket. M.K. Somashekara was given the ticket from Krishnaraja in Mysuru.

Suspense over four MLAs

In the third list too, the Congress has not guaranteed the ticket to the four incumbent MLAs of the party. In Pulakeshinagar in Bengaluru, the party did not announce its nominee. MLA R. Akhanda Srinivas Murthy (Congress) won the seat in 2018. The names of three other MLAs S. Ramappa (Harihara), V. Muniyappa (Sidlaghatta), and D.S. Hoolageri (Lingsugur) were missing from the third list.

A son and a daughter

The former Union Minister Margaret Alva’s son Nivedit Alva has been given the ticket to contest from the Kumta constituency against BJP’s Dinakar Shetty. Similarly, the former Minister Motamma’s daughter Nayana Jyothi Jhawar has been given the ticket from Mudigere in Chikkamagaluru district.

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