Things You Need To Know About The Upcoming Karnataka Assembly Election

Yeddyurappa who was accompanied by Chattisgarh Chief Minister, Raman Singh and Union Minister, Ananth Kumar appeared confident and said that not just in Shikharipura, the BJP will hit the 150 mark in the Karnataka election. Yeddyurappa has already filed nomination at his traditional constituency Shikaripura in Shimoga.

The chief minister said he has not taken any decision and he will go by the decision of the high command.

"So I have told them that I will bring the opinions expressed by you (leaders) to the notice of the high command".

With Siddaramaiah set to contest from Badami, BJP leaders indicated the party could field its CM candidate and state chief B S Yeddyurappa against the CM from Badami.

Speaking to newsmen in Bangalore yesterday, Siddaramaiah said that the Congress was a truly "secular" party which didn't want to ally with any other party for the polls.

It is to be noted that the Congress party has not yet declared any candidate for the Badami constituency.

But today the party high command decided that Mr Siddaramaiah would contest from two seats and he will be filing his nomination papers in Badami on Monday.

This could set up a straight fight between the two Chief Ministerial candidates in Badami.

Badami with a strong presence of Karubas, the community to which Siddaramaiah belongs, was seen as the second safe option for " the Chief Minister as reports have suggested that the battle " in Chamundeshwari will not be an easy one for him. The region also has a high population of Veerashaivas and Lingayats.

Siddaramaiah has won five times and tasted defeat twice in Chamundeshwari, from where he has been announced as the candidate by the Congress high command.

He has been representing Varuna constituency in Mysuru since 2008, which has now been allotted to his son Yathindra.