Key political figures whose electoral fate will be decided May 5
Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, contesting from Hubli-Dharwad
central in north Karnataka. He is the BJP's chief ministerial
Deputy Chief Minister and former state BJP chief K. S. Eshwarappa,
fighting from Shimoga in north-central Karnataka.
Deputy Chief Minister and Home and Transport minister R. Ashok,
from Padmanabhanagar in Bangalore.
Law Minister S. Suresh Kumar, from Rajajinagar in Bangalore,
mainly because he is pitted against his former ministerial
colleague Shobha Karandlaje, now in former chief minister
State Congress chief G. Parameshwara, from Koratagere in Tumkur
district in south Karnataka, a chief ministerial aspirant.
Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah, from Varuna in Mysore
district in south Karnataka, also a chief ministerial contender.
Veteran Kannada actor M.H. Ambareesh, from Mandya in Mandya
district in south Karnataka. His candidature has reportedly upset
the tallest Congress leader from the district and former chief
minister and former external affairs minister S. M. Krishna.
Priyank Kharge, from Chitapur (reserved) in Gulbarga in north
Karnataka. He is the son of central Labour and Employment minister
Mallikharjun Kharge. He lost in the bypoll from the constituency
held in 2009 after the senior Kharge vacated it to enter the Lok
State JD0S chief and former chief minister H. D. Kumaraswamy, from
Ramanangaram in south Karnataka. He represents the constituency in
the Lok Sabha. He has been a Kannada film producer and
His wife Anita Kumaraswamy, from the neighbouring Chennapatna
seat. She runs a Kannada TV channel.
His brother H.D. Revanna, from Holenarsipur in Hassan district in
Both are sons of JD-S president and former prime minister H.D.
Its chief, B.S. Yeddyurappa, from Shikaripura in Shimoga district.
His staunch follower Shobha Karandlaje, from Rajajinagar in
C.M. Udasi, a former BJP minister, from Haveri in north Karnataka.
BSR Congress, floated by B. Sriramulu:
Former BJP minister and loyalist of jailed mining baron and former
BJP minister G. Janaradhana Reddy, B. Sriramulu, from Bellary
Kannada actress Pooja Gandhi, born in Punjab, from Raichur in
Total number of candidates in the fray: 2,948, of which 2,778 men
and 170 women.
The Congress is contesting all the 224 seats, the BJP 223, the
JD-S 222, the KJP 224, the BSP 175, the NCP 24 and the Communist
Party of India-Marxist 17.
The remaining 1,839 are candidates of unrecognized parties and
The vote count is on May 8.