Yeddyurappa files nomination papers from Shikaripura
Bengaluru: Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa, his colleague and former deputy chief minister KS Eshwarappa, and senior Congress leader K Shivakumar on Thursday filed nominations for the May 12 assembly polls in the state.
Yeddyurappa, the BJP's chief ministerial candidate, filed the papers from his traditional Shikaripura constituency in Shivamogga district in the presence of Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Union ministers Ananth Kumar and Ramesh Jigajinagi.
The BJP is has set its sight on regaining power by winning 150 out of 224 assembly seats.
Yeddyurappa had steered the BJP to victory and formed the party's first ever government in the South in 2008.
He was forced to resign as chief minister in 2011 over graft charges, following which he quit the party to form his own outfit, Karnataka Janata Party, which failed to make a mark except to cause damage to the BJP's prospects in the 2013 polls.
He returned to the BJP after Narendra Modi was declared the party's prime ministerial candidate ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Council Eshwarappa also filed his papers from Shivamogga in the presence of former chief minister Jagadish Shettar.
A Kuruba leader, Eshwarappa, who has served as BJP state president in the past, had last year led a battle against Yeddyuappa's "unilateral" style of functioning by leading 'Rayanna Brigade', an "apolitical forum" of Dalits and backward classes.
The BJP central leadership had stepped in and brought about a rapprochement between the two squabbling leaders.