Karnataka polls: BJP slams Congress for fielding Choksi’s lawyer; updates

karnataka elections, karnataka polls, congress, bjpThe Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) national information in-charge Amit Malviya has accused Congress for giving election ticket to Mehul Choksi’s lawyer, H S Chandramouli, for the Madikeri Assembly seat. Chandramouli is an advocate who once represented fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi, uncle of PNB scam-accused Nirav Modi.Supreme Court advocate and CM Siddaramaiah’s legal advisor Brijesh Kalappa expressed his annoyance over losing out on the Madikeri seat to Choksi’s lawyer, a newcomer in the party. The Madikeri constituency was won by BJP’s Appachu Ranjan in the last two elections. Kalappa cleared his stance, saying: “I have never represented Mehul Choksi, nor have I been given the party nomination.”
What is so special about H S Chandramouli, lawyer of Nirav Modi’s uncle Mehul Choksi, that Congress gave him a ticket from Madikere while denying one to Brijesh Kalappa, Siddaramaiah’s legal advisor and party spokesperson? Rahul’s friends over CM’s aide? #CongressWithNirav— Amit Malviya (@malviyamit) April 17, 2018
Ever since the Congress party announced its list of 218 candidates for the Karnataka Assembly election 2018, to be held on May 12, there has been an anguish and internal revolt, with several party leaders discontented for being denied tickets. The Congress’ selection of Chandramouli is being heavily censured and questioned, not only by BJP but also by several leaders within the Congress.The upcoming Karnataka Assembly election 2018 is important for both the ruling Congress and the BJP, which is eyeing a comeback after a gap of five years, by unseating the Congress in the last big state where the Rahul Gandhi-led party is still in power.

ALSO READ: Facebook ties up with BOOM to start pilot against fake news in KarnatakaThe BJP on Monday released its second list of 82 candidates for election to the 224-member Assembly, to be held on May 12. At least five names in the BJP’s second list have a past taint for alleged corruption, rape cases, forgery and cheating – and the saffron party is facing censures for giving tickets to these contenders.On Monday, BJP’s central election committee, comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, discussed the names for the second list of candidates. After the release of the second list, the BJP has so far named its candidates for 154 of the state’s 224 constituencies.Among the BJP candidates whose selection has caused a flutter – and some discontent – among political circles are the elder brother of tainted mining baron G Janardhan Reddy, the son of late chief minister S Bangarappa, Katta Subramanya Naidu, and Krishnaiah Setty, who were imprisoned in land scams but acquitted later. Though the BJP national president Amit Shah denied any connection with G Janardhana Reddy, the party gave a ticket to his brother G Somashekhara Reddy to contest from the Ballari city.ALSO READ: Karnataka polls: Bharatiya Janata Party issues second list of 82 candidatesG Somashekhara Reddy had earlier been charged with bribing a judge to get his jailed brother G Janardhana Reddy out on bail.Also, the party has fielded Haratalu Halappa, who has been acquitted in a rape case, to contest from the Sagar constituency.Krishnaiah Setty, who will contest from Malur, was BJP’s chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa’s companion in jail as a co-accused in a multi-crore land scam in 2011.Similarly, Katta Subramanya Naidu, who has been given a ticket from the Shivajinagar constituency, was behind bars on charges of a land fraud involving his firm Itasca in 2011.ALSO READ: ‘Yogi unfit to be CM,’ says Karnataka Congress chief on Unnao; BJP protestsM P Renukacharya, who will be contesting the electoral battle from Honnalli, was accused of sexually harassing a nurse as a minister in the Yeddyurappa government. Renukacharya had later said the nurse withdrew cases against him.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had on April 8 declared its first list of 72 nominees, including its chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa, and senior leaders K S Eshwarappa and Jagadish Shettar. Yeddyurappa had floated his own party, Karnataka Janata Paksha, at the time of the previous state election after being removed as chief minister by the BJP over graft charges. The Lingayat leader, however, merged his party with the BJP in 2014.ALSO READ: Karnataka polls: No ‘1-family, 1-ticket’? Congress fields Siddaramaiah, sonCongress, too, had released its complete list of 218 candidates on Sunday. It has fielded Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s son Yatheendra from Varuna constituency. Setting aside all speculation of contesting from two seats, Siddaramaiah has been given a ticket from his traditional bastion of Chamundeshwari in Mysore.Karnataka will go to the polls on May 12. The last date for filing nominations for the 224 constituencies is April 24, while April 27 is the last date for withdrawal of candidature. The results will be out on May 15.Here are the top 10 developments on the BJP and Congress releasing their lists of candidates for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 and the key takeaways from the lists:
1. Congress draws flak for giving ticket to Mehul Choksi’s lawyer: Days after the ruling Congress declared its list of 218 candidates for the Karnataka Assembly elections, BJP has attacked the party over its selection of candidates. The Congress has given an election ticket to former state public prosecutor H S Chandramouli from Madikeri seat. Incidentally, Chandramouli is representing PNB scam-accused Nirav Modi’s uncle Mehul Choksi. His selection has outraged many, both within the party and outside.CM Siddaramaiah’s legal advisor Brijesh Kalappa asked how Chandramouli could contest even when he had lost a Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) election. In a tweet, Kalappa took a jibe at the ‘Chandramouli-Choksi’ connection. “I have never represented Mehul Choksi, nor have I been given the party nomination,” he wrote. BJP’s national information in-charge Amit Malviya questioned what was so special about Mehul Choksi’s lawyer that the Congress gave him a ticket. BJP’s Appachu Ranjan has won the Madikeri seat in the past two state elections.What is so special about H S Chandramouli, lawyer of Nirav Modi’s uncle Mehul Choksi, that Congress gave him a ticket from Madikere while denying one to Brijesh Kalappa, Siddaramaiah’s legal advisor and party spokesperson? Rahul’s friends over CM’s aide? #CongressWithNirav— Amit Malviya (@malviyamit) April 17, 2018
I have never represented Mehul Choksi, nor have I been given the Party nomination. https://t.co/L6zcTw84KJ— Brijesh Kalappa (@brijeshkalappa) April 16, 20182. Former BJP MLC creates havoc over unfair ticket distribution: Angry over not being declared a nominee in Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) second list of candidates, former party MLC Shashil Namoshi’s supporters staged a protest. Addressing the media, Namoshi said, “I have been working for the party for a long time and was shocked to hear that my name is not there, I don’t know what happened but it has hurt me.” Overwhelmed, the BJP leader broke down halfway through the presser and had to be escorted out by his supporters.
#WATCH: BJP’s Shashil Namoshi breaks down, while addressing the media in Kalaburgi, over not being given an election ticket. #KarnatakaElection2018 pic.twitter.com/tXWYctR46S— ANI (@ANI) April 16, 2018[embedded content]
Source: Business Standard