Bangalore: KPCC gets ready to choose candidates: 4 divisional panels formed
From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore
Bangalore, Mar 16: Though the Election Commission is yet to officially announce the time-table for the forthcoming assembly elections in Karnataka, the State Congress leaders have already started the exercise of shortlisting the names of the candidates from the party.
The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPPC), headed by its president Dr G Parameshwar, held a meeting at a private resort on the Bangalore International Airport Road near Devanahalli off Bangalore on Saturday.
AICC General Secretary Madhusudan Mistri, who is in charge of Karnataka, and senior Congress leaders attended the meeting at the Clark Exotica resort of NRI Entrepreneur Ronald Colaco.
The Congress meeting constituted four divisional-wise committees for finalising candidates for forthcoming elections to the State Legislative Assembly scheduled to be held in May.
As many as 2150 candidates, who included almost all the sitting MLAs and a substantial number of women, have already applied for party tickets to contest elections.
KPCC president Dr G Parameshwar, AICC General Secretary and party’s Karnataka in-charge Madhusudan Mistry, AICC Secretary Hanumantha Rao, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah and his counterpart in the Council S R Patil, Union Ministers Mallikarjun Kharge, M Veerappa Moily, K Rehman Khan, K H Muniyappa, senior leaders of the party Dharam Singh, Oscar Fernandes, B Janardhana Poojary, B K Hariprasad and others attended the meeting.
Former Union Minister and former KPCC president B Janardhna Poojary is heading Bangalore division team while former Chief Minister N Dharam Singh, MP, is heading the Mysore division. B K Hariprasad, former MP, and Leader of the Opposition in the legislative Council S R Patil, are in charge of the Gulbarga and Belgaum divisions respectively.
Each of the four teams has 15 members.
Each panel would discuss pros and cons of aspirants and finalise a list candidates for all constituencies in the State, which would then be vetted by the Congress high command.
Sitting MLAs, former ministers, MPs, cine artists, writers, advocates are among those who have applied for party tickets.
Speaking to presspersons, party leader D K Shivakumar said the party would also discus a strategy to be adopted and finalise the tentative tour progrmames of various leaders.
To a question on admitting BJP, JD(S) and Independent legislators into the party, Shivakumar said AICC Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has invited Dr Parameshwar and Siddaramaiah for talks in Delhi on March 21 to discuss the issue.
''We will abide by the decision of the party high command,” he said.
Former Union Minister S M Krishna, who is apparently sulking on being given a respectable position in the party ahead of the assembly elections, was conspicuous by his absence even though he was very much present in Bangalore and kept himself busy meeting party leaders at his residence.