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The surprise package is Ambarish, who is currently a member of the Congress party but is now heard to be planning to join the BJP, the ruling party in Karnataka. Ambarish has been thrice elected as Member of Parliament from Mandya Parliamentary Constituency. He was initially with the Janata Dal and later shifted loyalties to the Congress.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that Ambarish and Jayamala will probably contest from the Bangalore Central and Bangalore North constituencies.