Am under pressure to fight from North Karnataka, says Siddaramaiah
Speculations were sparked off about the possibility of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah contesting the May 12 elections from two seats or a possible shift of seats for him after he said on Wednesday that he was still under pressure to fight the elections from North Karnataka.
However, the Chief Minister has also said that he had informed the Congress high command of his firm resolve of not contesting from two assembly constituencies. Siddaramaiah has been already named a candidate for the Chamundeshwari seat.
“On Tuesday, leaders from the district (Bagalkote) had come to me once again in the night. SR Patil, G T Pati, sitting MLA Chimmanakatti’s son, also people from other constituencies (Badami), are pressurizing that I will have to contest (from there),” Siddaramaiah said.
It has been reported that Siddaramaiah had initially wished to contest from two constituencies – Chamundeshwari in Mysuru and Badami in north Karnataka but was prevented from doing so by the Congress high command as they named him for just one constituency in the list of candidates for the 218 seats announced on April 15. The candidate named from Badami by the Congress was Devraj Patil.
But the Congress has reportedly put on hold the issuance of the B-form to Patil. This is a form that a political party requires to file with the election commission where a declaration of the name of the candidate nominated by the political party is made.
Siddaramaiah had been urged to contest from the Badami constituency in Bagalkote district in north Karnataka by a delegation of party leaders from the region earlier this month.
While there were speculations that the seat allotted to Siddaramaiah will be tough fight for him, it was also reported that the Chief Minister was seeking another seat to fight elections from.
“They had come to me once again saying there is confusion as there are several candidates (in Badami), and if I contest it will benefit the party. I have told them that I will discuss, so it is held up (issuing of B form the party candidate)”, Siddaramiah told reporters on Wednesday in Mysuru.
When asked whether “held up” means he still has chances to contest from Badami in Bagalkote district in north Karnataka, he said, “…you understand whichever way you want.”
“I have made it very clear to the high command. I’m not interested and I do not want to contest from two constituencies. I have made it very clear to the high? command,” he added.
It is reported by sources that Congress party veterans Mallikarjuna Kharge and Veerappa Moily opposed Siddaramaiah’s intention to contest from two seats. Then followed the naming of Patil for the Badami seat.
However, reports of infighting among the party in the constituency are surfacing now with reports stating that the sitting MLA from the seat, Chimmanakatti, opposing the nomination of Patil.
He should have been the candidate if the Congress does not field the chief minister from the seat, Chimmanakatti has said.