Bengaluru: With 2018 state assembly elections round the corner, around six to eight political parties apart from the Congress, the JDS and the BJP will be trying their luck in the polls. AAP, Prajakiya, JD(U)- Sharad Yadav faction, Swaraj India are among the few parties expected to field their candidates at least from few constituencies.
Aam Aadmi Party led by Aravind Kejrival which has lost its stem now is expected to fight in at least 70 seats. According to the party sources, it is expected to field candidates only from the city constituencies. A senior party leader said they are fielding more candidates from Bengaluru.
Yogendra Yadhav and Prashanth Bhushan, who came out of Aam Aadmi Party have constituted ‘Swaraj India’. Litterateur Devanoora Mahadeva and Sarvodaya Karnataka Party MLA K S Puttannaiah are active in ‘Swaraj India’. The party which has a solitary seat (K S Puttannaiah-Pandavapura) is expected to field its candidates from 10 to 15 constituencies especially from Old Mysuru region.
Actor Upendra who has formed ‘Karnataka Prajnavantara Janata Paksha’ has already declared that he would field candidates in all 224 constituencies.
Another interesting entry to the state politics is a new party formed by Kolar MLA Vartur Prakash, a friend-turned-foe of CM Siddaramaiah. Prakash who has declared a new party called ‘Namma Congress’ to bring minorities, backward classes and Dalits together announced that he will field candidates in several constituencies of Mandya, Kolar and Chikkaballapura.
Former DySP Anupama Shenoy has on November 1 declared the launch of Bharathiya Janashakti Congress. She has also submitted a proposal to the Election Commission.
In between, Sharad Yadav, who came out of JD(U) of Nitish Kumar has declared that he would form a new party. JD(U) former president in Karnataka M P Nadagowda and former MP P Kodandaramaiah have recognised themselves with Sharad Yadav faction. Nadagowda also said that they would also contest in Karnataka Assembly election.
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