The BJP second list of 82 names for the upcoming Karnataka elections released this evening contained a surprise candidate — Gali Somashekhara Reddy fielded from Bellary City — which drew immediate jeers from the Congress. Fifty-two-year-old G Somashekhara Reddy is the youngest of Reddy brothers, mining barons for whom the iron ore-rich district of Bellary was home turf. State BJP spokesperson Vivek Reddy told NDTV that the party has “made a compromise” by fielding him since it wanted to win the Bellary sea.
Mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy was a minister in the government of BS Yeddyurappa, who is leading the BJP campaign in the state. Mr Reddy was removed after massive corruption charges involving illegal mining in 2011. Somasekhara Reddy, who represented Bellary in the assembly, is accused of bribing a judge in the cash-for bail case that involved Janardhan Reddy. He is currently out on bail.
Soon after the BJP list was out, Congress…