"The top leadership of the BJP is clear that the party has to field strong candidates who can win elections on the basis of their mass base, besides countering the divisive agenda of the Congress", said a BJP functionary.
Two women candidates - Shashikala Jolle from Athani constituency in Belgaum district and Roopali Naik from the Karwar constituency in Uttara Kannada district - feature on the list of 72 names.
Though the screening committee meetings took place on Tuesday and party leaders met with Congress president Rahul Gandhi with their feedback on some of the candidates, the central election committee is yet to meet.
The meeting was preceded by a show of strength with the BJP inducting former Congress MLA Malikayya Guttedar.
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Hamilton, who started ninth after being given a five-place penalty for a gearbox change, said he was satisfied. Vettel stopped for the soft rubber on lap 19 with Raikkonen in a lap later for the same tyres.
BJP has announced Mr Yeddyurappa as its chief ministerial candidate, with a target of winning 150 out of 224 assembly seats and coming back to power after a gap of five years. Another defector, Mallikarjun Khuba, has been accommodated in Basavakalyan.
In the 2013 Assembly elections, Eshwarappa contested again from the Shimoha assembly constituency and lost to K.B. Prasanna Kumar of the Congress by a margin of almost 6,000 votes. Sriramulu, a close aide of the infamous Reddy brothers, will be contesting away from Ballari - a seat he famously won after he parted ways with the BJP just before the 2013 elections. Indications are that the Congress may re-nominate majority of sitting MLAs.