Karnataka Assembly polls: The Election Commission has received 1127 nominations

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Terming the iron ore mining scam as the state biggest, Surjewala said the then anti-graft watchdog Justice Santosh Hegde exposed the unholy nexus of BJP's chief ministerial face B.S, Yeddyurappa with the Reddy brothers.

The BJP could more than double its tally to 89 in the 224 seat assembly in May's state election, but fall two seats short of what India's main opposition Congress party, which governs the state, is likely to get, according to the opinion poll by TV station Times Now and VotersMood Research aired late on Monday.

In Karnataka all the parties have filed their nominations for the coming elections.

The ruling Congress on Tuesday taunted the Narendra Modi government for "protecting" Karnataka's infamous Reddy mining brothers and fielding three of them for the May 12 state assembly elections.

The state of Karnataka is going into assembly election in May 2018.

Former Koppal MP ShivarameGouda joins Congress in presence of CM Siddaramaiah.

The regional party is now hoping for a repeat of 2004 polls when it had won 58 seats - the highest since its inception.

In a bid to woo voters from the Valmiki community, senior Congress leader Sathish Jarkiholi holds strategy meeting with Siddaramaiah.

Earlier this month, Somashekara Reddy was named the BJP's candidate from Bellary City. "Though Siddaramaiah promised to pay Rs 1 lakh each to the families of farmers who committed suicide, they did not receive the compensation, which shows lack of sensitivity of the Congress government", asserted Singh.

Speaking at a press conference, Patra said: "Only one party is confident to win in Karantaka and that is BJP".

Calling himself the Chief Minister candidate for his party, Siddaramaiah said,"I have come here as the CM candidate and the Congress will come back to power".

While it is true that the community has been a strong supporter of the BJP and even went against the party when their leader Yeddyurappa was asked to vacate the CM's office.

Strategists within say the Congress knows that the Lingayats might not move 100% en masse to vote for their party. Basavaraj was named after BJP state president B.S. Yeddyurappa announced that his second son B.Y. Vijayendra will not be contesting from the constituency against Yathindra Siddaramaiah, the chief minister's son.

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