Opinion polls indicating a hung assembly in Karnataka and a tight race between Congress and BJP with JD (S) doing reasonably well come amid the troubles dogging chief minister Siddaramaiah, much of it of his own doing.
Siddarmaiah's convoy followed by his huge followers and accompanied by Congress leaders such as C M Ibrahim, Badami MLA Chinnamakatty and host of other leaders.
Siddaramaiah, who won from Varuna, which is his home constituency, twice since 2008, is contesting from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru and Badami in Vijayapura district.
Sriramulu, an aide of mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy, has already filed his nomination from the Molkalmuru constituency in Chitradurga. The election is scheduled for May 12 and the counting of votes will take place on May 15.
Siddaramaiah who belongs to Kuruba (shepherd) community and appeasement of OBCs, Dalits and Muslims has made him to contest from Badami as he is really anxious over his chances at Chamundeshwari.
The Janata Dal-Secular could emerge as the kingmaker with 40 seats, the survey, conducted between April 4 and April 16, stated.
The BJP also stuck by its decision to disallow Yeddyurappa's son B Y Vijayendra from contesting Varuna seat in Mysuru - against Siddaramaiah's son Dr Yatindra - despite supporters of Vijayendra staging protests. The son of the state BJP president was offered a consolation of the post of president of the BJP Yuva Morcha in Karnataka. Not only did his name not figure in the list released by the BJP, his father even announced he wouldn't contest the election.
Targeting the BJP over the Rs 35,000 crore iron-ore mining scandal which was unearthed in 2011, the Congress on Tuesday said the "Modi-Shah" duo is using the "Captive CBI" to rescue the "Bellary Gang" - a reference to the three Reddy brothers who are at the centre of the scam.
Karnataka is one of the few last strong holds of the Congress.
We should tell you that JDS has been very un-predictable as who to support in Karnataka, BJP or Congress?
"There are different factors that Congress is poised to retain power". He pointed out that the BJP changed the chief minister thrice during the five-year period leading to lack of development in the state while ruling out an alliance with the party. Party ditched congress in middle of Congress's tenure ans the state had to go to the elections again.