BJP releases first list of 189 candidates for Karnataka polls, fields CM Bommai from Shiggaon
New Delhi, Apr 11 (PTI) The BJP on Tuesday fielded Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai from his traditional Shiggaon constituency and party strongman B S Yediyurappa's son B Y Vijayendra from Shikaripura constituency as the party released its first list of 189 candidates for the May 10 Karnataka assembly polls.
Announcing the names at a press conference here, BJP's Karnataka in-charge Arun Singh said 52 of the 189 candidates are new faces and eight women. Thirty-two of the candidates belong to Other Backward Classes (OBCs), 30 Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 16 Scheduled Tribes (STs).
To take on the Congress big guns, the BJP fielded two state ministers -- R Ashoka against state Congress chief D K Shivakumar in Kanakapura and V Somanna against former chief minister Siddaramaiah in Varuna. Ashoka and Somanna will also contest from one more seat each, the BJP announced.