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Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released a list of 72 candidates for Karnataka assembly contest.

The screening committee will recommend the candidates to the party's central election committee chaired by Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa were in attendance at the meeting, among others.

Siddaramaiah, who is in Delhi for the screening committee meeting, is keen to field his younger son Yathindra from his sitting constituency Varuna that is considered safe of the Congress. Siddarmaiah had won the last polls by a margin of more than 30,000 votes there.

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Ahead of assembly elections in Karnataka, All India Mahila Empowerment Party (AIMEP) released its manifesto in the city on Wednesday. "Members of the community can identify themselves with any party or leader but they cannot extend their support to a party on behalf of the entire community", Mr Puttabudhdhi said.

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.

The announcement came late Sunday night after the party's Central Election Committee held a meeting presided over by BJP Amit Shah. Meanwhile, AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka, KC Venugopal, said that a list of party candidates for the Assembly polls circulating on social media was fake. Both parties joined the BJP before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.