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Fielding Janata Dal (S) rebels and weeding out controversial legislators and a section of the old guard seemed to be stumbling blocks for the Congress as it tried to finalise candidates for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections.

"The third list of 70 candidates will be released in 2-3 days as their winning prospects are being evaluated", Bharatiya Janata Party state Spokesman S. Shantaram told IANS in Bengaluru.

The Congress Party released its first list of 218 candidates for the elections on April 15. The party faced criticism for giving tickets to allegedly tainted candidates.

The results of the election to the 224-seat Karnataka Assembly will be out on May 15.

Addressing the media here, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said: "Mir had made a statement that the local population thinks that the culprits in the Kathua rape case are still out and the investigation is motivated and they are trying to dilute the case". The BJP's Central Election Committee held a meeting on Sunday for finalising the names to be included in the second list.

Two former Congress MLAs - Kumar Bangarappa, a former minister and son of former CM S Bangarappa, and N L Narendra Babu - will be fielded by the BJP from their traditional seats in Sorab in Shimoga region and Mahalakshmi Layout in Bengaluru.

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Party's state unit President G. Parameshwara will contest from Korategere in Tumakuru district from where he lost in the last assembly poll.

The campaigning had been acrimonious so far with the clashing parties hurling acquisitions against each other and the BJP terming the Siddaramaiah Government as ten per cent (commisison) government alleging that corruption was rampant.

The leader, who is scheduled to attend the party congress in Hyderabad from April 18-22, has said that the need of the hour is to remain united against the BJP-RSS and revive the party's struggle among the Dalits, farmers and workers.

Many have tipped Yeddyurappa's younger son B.Y. Vijayendra to take on Yathindra in Varuna, but party sources say BJP is waiting to see if any defectors from the Congress come aboard.

Stressing that the actions and reactions of the Modi government have deeply disturbed the country, the Congress spokesman said: "Today, the country is in danger, the Constitution is in danger and all the institutions are in danger".


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