BJP releases its second list of 82 candidates.
Candidates have not yet been announced for Sindagi, Nagathana, Kittur, Raichur, and Shantinagar segments.
The party has not applied the "one-family, one-ticket" formula for the Karnataka polls as it granted tickets to the chief minister and his son, the Home Minister and his daughter, and the Law minister and his son. The party, in the past week, had released its first list of 72 candidates.
Leaders have also cited that "outsiders", who are supporters of CM Siddharamaiah, have been given tickets against loyalists who have been with the party for years.
Numerous 154 candidates declared in the first two lists were ministers & MLAs when BJP won Karnataka in 2008, but also face criminal & corruption charges. The list has 15 women candidates, five more than what the party had fielded in the previous Assembly elections.
Polls for the 224-member Assembly are scheduled for May 12.
A video recorded by news agency ANI, showed alleged Congress workers go on a rampage, flinging and breaking furniture, throwing papers and pulling out posters in the party office. Both CM Siddaramaiah and KPCC Chief G Parameshwara have tipped him to get the ticket.
Sitting MLAs who were denied a ticket include Basavaraj Shivannavar from Badgy, Manohar Tehsildar from Hangal, Shiv Moorti Nayak from Mycunda, Turuverevere from Shriniwas and Sharabsherry from Tiptur. They even laid siege to the district president of the party.
Supporters of former excise minister Manohar Tahsildhar, who now represents Hangal, staged a protest over denial of the party ticket to their leader. Some leaders also threatened to resign from the party, The Times of India reported. These leaders are reported to have cited S.M. Krishna's case (contested from Maddur in 1999 and Chamarajpet in 2004) while arguing that contesting from two Constituencies by the Chief Minister would send out a wrong message to the electorate.