Updated: March 11, 2014 6:07:18 am
The Janata Dal (Secular) of former PM H D Deve Gowda following a meeting of its parliamentary board on Monday released a shortlist of candidates for 12 Lok Sabha constituencies, but refrained from showing its cards in a majority of the constituencies that are being contested by heavyweights from the Congress and the BJP.
No member of the family of Deve Gowda, other than the former PM himself, features in the first list. Gowda, as expected, will fight in his stronghold Hassan which he has been winning with ease in the recent years.The Congress has chosen to field a sitting MLA of the party A Manju in the Hassan constituency.
One of the key constituencies where the JD(S) has shown its cards is Shimoga where the BJP is fielding former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.
Though the JD(S) has been talking of fielding Geetha Shivrajkumar, the daughter of former CM S Bangarappa and daughter-in-law of Kannada film legend Dr Rajkumar, the party in the list released Monday indicated that Geetha’s brother Madhu Bangarappa who is the JD(S) MLA from the family burough of Sorab could be an alternate choice.
The Congress is yet to name its candidate for Shimoga and the name of another Bangarappa son – Kumar Bangarappa, who is estranged from the family – has been in circulation along with that of businessman Manjunath Bhandary.
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