Will Siddaramaiah contest from two constituencies this time too?

Updated - April 03, 2023 11:59 am IST

Published - March 23, 2023 07:26 pm IST - Bengaluru

Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah

Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah | Photo Credit:

The former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah appears to be planning to contest from two constituencies in the upcoming Assembly elections as he did in 2018.

Sources in the party said the Leader of the Opposition has sought the consent of the Congress high command to permit him to contest from two constituencies.

Sources said he is planning to contest either from Badami and Kolar or Kolar and Varuna. However, the party high command is yet to give its consent on the matter, sources indicated.

In 2018, Mr. Siddaramaiah contested from two constituencies and lost to G.T. Deve Gowda (JD-S) in Chamundeshwari constituency and narrowly won against Transport Minister B. Sriramulu by about 1,700 votes in Badami.

The 75-year-old Congress leader chose Kolar on the ground that Badami is too far from Bengaluru. Though his followers offered to buy a helicopter to visit Badami, Mr. Siddaramaiah turned down their proposal.

Tour of Badami

Meanwhile, even as the suspense over his choice of constituency continued, Mr. Siddaramaiah has decided to conduct a roadshow in Badami constituency on Friday.

He would inaugurate a drinking water supply project for ensuring water supply to Badami-Kerur. He would also participate in the roadshow from Ramdurg Cross in Badami to the APMC.

Mr. Siddaramaiah maintained that he would abide by the decision taken by the party high command on contesting elections. When asked if the ambiguity over his candidature is a sign that he will contest from Varuna, Mr. Siddaramaiah said nothing could be dismissed in politics.

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