Two-time independent Member of Parliament, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, has filed his nomination papers for the upcoming elections. He has aligned himself with the BJP. While talking to reporters, he said, "I oppose corruption in the state and am pushing for a corruption-free Karnataka. In the last five years, Karnataka has been through its darkest period in modern history. I think a new government is necessary in 2018." With a larger party now backing him, Rajeev Chandrasekhar plans to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision in Karnataka.