The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released second list of 82 candidates for the upcoming Karnataka Elections 2018.
The party had released the first list of 72 candidates on April 8. BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa would be contesting from Shikaripura.
Karnataka will go to polls on May 12. The counting of votes will take place on May 15. The term of the current 224-member legislative Assembly ends on May 28.
The Assembly election is Karnataka is being seen as a battle of prestige between the Congress and the BJP as it is the only major state where the Congress is in power at present. While the Congress would want to retaining it, a win for the BJP will provide a great boost to its campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign. The BJP is making a concerted bid to unseat the Congress in Karnataka where the issue of granting "religious minority" status to the dominant Lingayats and Veerashaiva Lingayats has become a major issue.