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BJP tries to placate SMK

Senior BJP leaders Prakash Javadekar and Ananth Kumar are said to have called up former chief minister S M Krishna on Wednesday to pacify him. Krishna, who joined the BJP recently, had threatened to quit the party for "neglecting" him. The phone call comes a day after the BJP made an offer to field one of his family members in the Assembly polls.

Javadekar, who is party election in-charge for Karnataka, is said to have told Krishna that he will personally meet him soon after he comes back to Bengaluru. Krishna, who is currently abroad, will be back on April 13.


MEP not a BJP proxy, says Nowhera Shaik

All India Mahila Empowerment Party president Nowhera Shaik on Wednesday dismissed as rumours that her party is a proxy of the BJP to divide Muslim votes in the coming elections.

"Reports in a section of the media that MEP is a BJP proxy in the elections are baseless. They are only rumours. The MEP will not have alliance with any party," she told reporters after releasing the party manifesto for the May 12 elections.

The MEP has promised to reserve 35% of the total 224 Assembly seats for women. The party is expected to release its list of candidates in about two days.


Prajwal Revanna backs out of poll race

Prajwal Revanna, grandson of JD(S) leader H D Deve Gowda, has dropped his plan to contest the upcoming Assembly elections.

Prajwal was preparing to contest from the Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency in Bengaluru despite opposition from Gowda and his uncle H D Kumaraswamy. Prajwal, who was miffed with his uncle, had even lashed out at the JD(S) leadership, causing an immense embarrassment to the party.

Prajwal was of the view that he too should get a ticket to contest the polls if Anitha, Kumaraswamy's wife, was allowed to contest from Channapatna. Kumaraswamy finally managed to defuse the tension by declaring that he would be contesting from two seats, Ramanagaram and Channapatna, and that Anitha would not be given a ticket.

Meanwhile, Prajwal's mother, Bhavani, told reporters that her son would campaign for the party from April 13 in a specially-designed car.


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