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At least five candidates in BJP's 2nd list have tainted past

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The BJP's second list of candidates for the assembly elections on May 12 contains at least five names with a tainted past.

The list, comprising 82 names, has candidates, who were acquitted in corruption, forgery, cheating and rape cases.

At least two of them had spent quite some time in jail on charges of cheating and forgery.

The names that have raised eyebrows are Katta Subramanya Naidu and who were jailed in land scams but acquitted later.

Setty, who will contest from Malur, was BJP's ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa's companion in jail as he was a co-accused in a multi-crore land scam in 2011.

On the other hand, Katta Subramanya Naidu, who has been given ticket from Shivajinagar constituency, was jailed on charges of a land scam involving his firm Itasca in 2011.

The charges against Naidu were that as a minister, he knew about an industrial project of the Industrial Area Development Authority near Kempegowda International Airport and tried to make a windfall gain by entering into an agreement with the land losers.

Though the national president denied any relationship with baron G Janardhana Reddy, the party gave ticket to his brother G Somashekhara Reddy to fight from Ballari city.

He was an accused in the cash for bail scam to get his baron Janardhana Reddy released on bail. Somashekhara Reddy was accused of trying to bribe a

The party gave ticket to Haratalu Halappa to contest from Sagar constituency. He has been acquitted in a rape case.

He was accused of raping his friend's wife in Shivamogga in 2009. The court dismissed the case for want of evidence.

M P Renukacharya, who will fight the electoral battle from Honnalli, was accused of sexually harassing a when he was a in Yeddyurappa's ministry. The later said the withdrew cases against him.

The has also given ticket to party-hopper N L Narendra Babu, who was with the

Babu had been hinting at his entry for the past six months. He had even attended the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's Dharma Sansad at Udupi last year.

In power from 2008 to 2013, is hoping to unseat the government and stage a comeback.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 21:15 IST