For the May 5 elections, the key constituencies to watch out for are listed below.
Koratagere : State KPCC (Congress) chief G. Parameshwara is contesting from Koratagere in Tumkur district in south Karnataka. He is one of the strong contender for the chief ministerial position.
Varuna: Senior Congress leader and Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah, from Varuna in Mysore district in south Karnataka. He is also a chief ministerial contender. The contest here is keenly watched due to KJP putting an all out effort to defeat Siddaramaiah.
Hubli-Dharwad: Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, contesting from Hubli-Dharwad central in north Karnataka. BJP’ has projected him as the chief ministerial candidate.
Shimoga: Deputy Chief Minister and former state BJP chief K. S. Eshwarappa is contesting from Shimoga in north-central Karnataka.
Rajajinagar : Rajajinagar is one of the keenly watched constituency considering the fact that the Law Minister S. Suresh Kumar of BJP is contesting from here. He is contesting against KJP’s Shobha Karandlaje (former BJP ministerial colleague ).
Mandya: Veteran Kannada actor M.H. Ambareesh is contesting from here on Congress ticket.
Chitapur: Chitapur (reserved) in Gulbarga is one of the key constituency as Priyank Kharge ( son of central Labour and Employment minister Mallikharjun Kharge) is contesting from here. He lost the bypoll from her in 2009 after the senior Kharge vacated it to enter the Lok Sabha.
Shikaripura : It is one of the keenly watched contituency as KJP chief, B.S. Yeddyurappa is contesting elections from here.
Ramanangaram: State JDS chief and former chief minister H. D. Kumaraswamy, is contesting from here. He represents this constituency in the Lok Sabha as well. He is one of the most acceptable CM candiate as revealed by some of the opinion polls.
Raichur: Kannada actress Pooja Gandhi is contesting elections from here on BSR Congress ticket.
Haveri: C.M. Udasi, a former BJP minister, is contesting from here on KJP ticket.
Chennapatna : Anita Kumaraswamy wife of H. D. Kumaraswamy is contesting from here on JD(S) ticket.
Holenarsipur: H.D. Revanna, son of former PM H.D. Deve Gowda is contesting from hereas JD(S) candidate.
Bellary Rural: B. Sriramulu Former BJP minister who is now chief of BSR Congress is contesting from this constituency.