Bangalore: Congress list of 3-5 'probable' candidates from each of 224 seats ready
From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore
Bangalore, Mar 17: Of the 2,150 applicants for the Congress party tickets from the 224 assembly constituencies in Karnataka, the election panels of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has shortlisted names of 3 to 5 ''probables” from each of the constituencies for the ensuing state assembly elections.
AICC General Secretary Madhusudan Mistry, who is the party in-charge for Karnataka, and Secretary Hanumantha Rao held discussions with KPCC President Dr G Parameshwar and Congress Opposition leaders Siddaramaiah and S R Patil in the State assembly and council respectively along with senior party leaders as part of the continued discussions since Saturday.
The AICC team held division-wise consultations with the leaders of the four revenue divisions, and later decided to brief Goa’s former chief minister Luisino Falero, who has been appointed by the AICC as the chairman of the State Election Committee, on the deliberations and decisions taken by the party on Saturday and Sunday upon his arrival in Bangalore to participate in the ongoing deliberations on electoral preparations, which is going on a private resort, Clarks Exotica, at the Bangalore International Airport Road at Devanahalli, off city outskirts.
The Congress meeting unanimously decided against considering any candidates with criminal antecedents for grant of party tickets. However, the social justice ideology profounded by late Devaraj Urs as well preference to women, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and backward classes as well as youth in accordance with the wishes of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi would be followed as the main guidelines in the selection of party candidates, according to an official press release from the party.
Union ministers from Karnataka like former chief minister M Veerappa Moily, Mallikarjuna Kharge, K Rehman Khan and K H Muniyappa and senior party leaders like Oscar Fernandes, Dharam Singh, B Janardhana Poojary, B K Hariprasad, C K Jaffer Sharief, C Motamma, M V Rajashekaran, Kagodu Thimmappa, R V Deshpande, H K Patil, D K Shivakumar, Allum Veerabhadrappa and B L Shankar took part in the deliberations.