Siddaramaiah-BJP face off over north Indian "imports" jibe

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"Some of our party members would have filed nominations without the B form as rebels or will be contesting as Independents if they are rejected as official candidates during the scrutiny by the EC", Congress spokesperson B.K. Chandrashekar told IANS here.

Karnataka BJP also said on Wednesday that the party is celebrating #NammaManeBJPMane campaign where lakhs of BJP karyakartas are hoisting the party flag atop their houses and are resolving to win their booths to win Karnataka on May 12.

As per the list, finalised by the party's Central Election Committee, G.R. Pravin Patil will contest from Bhadravati in Shivamogga district, and Kannada cine star Jaggesh from Yeshvanthapura in the Bengaluru suburbs.

Siddaramaiah after reaching Badami, the regal capital of erstwhile Chalukya dynasty which ruled between the 6th and the 12th centuries, offered prayers at the Banashankari temple and held a roadshow before filing his nomination.

"People of north Karnataka out of love and affection asked me to contest from the region".

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Badami with a strong presence of Kurubas, the community that Siddaramaiah belongs to, is seen as a far safer option for him than Chamundeshwari, where the battle is projected to be tough. "He is serving his duties well, and I am hopeful that he will be elected at the chief ministerial candidate by the high command, including party president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi", he said. Siddaramaiah, on the other hand, came to the office by road from Hubli with select party workers and was greeted by hundreds of locals camping in the field outside the tehsildar office.

"The state Lokayukta's report of July 27, 2011 led to the removal of Yeddyurappa as the BJP's first Chief Minister in the south on July 31, 2011". He had also hit out at the Siddaramaiah for lack of development initiatives in the state.

Last week, Janardhan Reddy shared the stage with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the BJP's chief ministerial candidate in Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa, The Telegraph reported.

He asserted that the BJP was strong in Badami and he would win.