Filing of nominations ends for Karnataka polls

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Siddaramaiah, who had already filed his nomination for Chamundeshwari, also said local party leaders in Bagalkote and Vijayapura districts wanted him to contest from Badami.

Modi of protecting mining baron G Janardhana Reddy-led "Ballari gang" and BJP's chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa, Congress today alleged that the CBI closed all cases of illegal mining against them "outlandishly". On the last day of nomination for the Karanataka Elections, BJP's Basavarajappa filed his nomination from the Varuna constituency, putting an end to hours of speculation. Read Also: BJP Karnataka president BS Yeddyurappa Jr pulls out; Mysuru goes berserkThe list didn't divulge any details on the seat of Varuna on Monday.

The BJP, after some dithering, settled for Sriramalu for the Badami seat. "If polls were held now neither Chief Minister Siddaramaiah nor B S Yeddyurappa (of the BJP) is in a position to form the government as they are both well short of the 112 mark", it said.

The Janata Dal-Secular could emerge as the kingmaker with 40 seats, the survey, conducted between April 4 and April 16, stated.

Though he had address public meetings in the state earlier, he has not hit the campaign trail since the Election Commission announced the assembly election schedule on March 27. The BJP had kept official announcement of its candidate pending till the last minute.

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Interestingly, the survey predicts Congress to pip the BJP in the coastal region winning 9-13 seats while the BJP gets 6-10 seats.

Party sources said Modi, BJP's biggest crowd-puller, is likely to kick off a series of rallies in the southern state from May 1. The voting will be done on 12th of May in all of the 224 constituencies of Karnataka and the results will be out on 15th May.

Karnataka is the only south Indian state that the Hindu-nationalist BJP has ever ruled for a full five-year term on its own, following a surprise victory in 2008.

JD (S) party chief's comment came after two congress party members voted for a second time after they committed technical errors in their ballot paper during Rajya Sabha elections in Bengaluru on Friday. "BJP will win because Karnataka wants only the idea of development of Narendra Modi".

"It appears the Congress government in Karnataka is following the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala in allegedly killing political workers of rival parties". "The election in this state is akin to the battle of Mahabharata, between the Pandavas and the Kauravas". He claimed there was no anti-incumbency factor against the Congress government.

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