Rajya Sabha polls: Congress fields Mallikarjun Kharge from Karnataka


New Delhi, Jun 5 (IANS): Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has been nominated for the lone Rajya Sabha seat which the party can bag in Karnataka in the given circumstances after the rebellion which led to the fall of the JDS-Congress alliance government in the state.

Sources say that his closeness to Rahul Gandhi has now paid off. Rajeev Satav had bagged the RS seat from Maharashtra while the party saw the surprise exit of Jyotiraditya Scindia in March which led to the fall of the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh. He was upset with the party dragging its feet on his nomination as Rahul Gandhi when asked had reacted that "he doesn't decide on Rajya Sabha seats".



Sources say the Congress will give its surplus votes to JDS leader and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda in the event of a contest in Karnataka. Gowda is certain to be the JDS nominee after his loss in the Lok Sabha elections. In return, the JDS will support the Congress candidate in the legislative council polls.

The race between B.K. Hariprasad and Kharge had narrowed and now Sonia Gandhi has taken the final decision on it in favour of the Dalit leader. Hariprasad lost in the final leg of the race to Mallikarjun Kharge because of Kharge being a Dalit and a vociferous voice for the party in the last Lok Sabha. Kharge is in-charge of Maharashtra for the Congress.

Being in-charge of a crucial state could have gone against him but his closeness to Rahul Gandhi has paid off, said sources.

K.H. Muniyappa, a former Union Minister who lost in the Lok Sabha polls, was also eyeing the seat because of his Dalit identity. Former Chief Minister Veerappa Moily had also thrown his hat into the ring, sources said.

In Karnataka the party was decimated in the last Lok Sabha elections with only one candidate winning despite the alliance with the JDS.

The Congress is banking on the OBC and Dalit factor in the state.

The Congress has 68 members in the legislative assembly and can easily have one candidate elected. Each candidate needs 44 votes and the JDS is short by 10 votes while the Congress has a surplus 24 seats. The current arrangement will be limited to the Rajya Sabha and the legislative council polls.

 

 

  

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  • Umeshchandra BS, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 6 2020

    I heard/read that his total assets now more than 60000 Crores....how they are selecting him to become MP Candidate..very unfortunate ...after 5 years his total asset value would be 95000 Crores.....!!!

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  • RSRB, Kundapura

    Sat, Jun 6 2020

    if a Dalit can earn 60000 crores and can continue to get the benefit of Dalit, how can you expect other Dalits will prosper? Ambedkar is really an idiot because he could not anticipate the behavior of a Dalit after he become rich......

    This comment applies to other Dalits distributed over all political parties.

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 6 2020

    ಮೊಮ್ಮಕಳೊಂದಿಗೆ ಕಾಲ ಕಳೆಯುವ ಸಮಯ ಅದನೂ ಸದುಪಯೋಗಿಸಿ, ಯುವ ಜನತೆಗೆ ಸದವಕಾಶ ನೀಡಿ
    ನಿಮ್ಮ ಪಾರ್ಟಿಗೆ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಅನುಭವ ವನ್ನು ನೀಡಿ ಆರಾಮವಾಗಿ ಜೀವನ ಸಾಗಿಸಿ

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Sat, Jun 6 2020

    These redundant netas, with feet in the graves, are infatuated to power. They cannot win any election and are desperately trying to seek relevance through backdoor entry into parliament !!!

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Fri, Jun 5 2020

    Netas out of power are like fishes out of water !!! Dynastic families, who were ruling the nation for decades were livid, paralyzed when PM Modiji was elected a second time with a landslide victory. These spineless, netas can never ever win any election, hence out of sheer desperation, they try every trick to enter parliament, through a backdoor entrance !!!

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 5 2020

    It is pity to see the fall of a (big) leader kharge
    After all he has to enter from back door after winning more than 7 MP election.
    Other day some sickular supporter was against the entry of defeated BJP MLA trying for MLC seat
    Now what is the reaction? All double standard
    Hum kare tho balathkar aap kare tho chamtkar

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 5 2020

    Politics is strange losers, unelectable become MLC,s and nominated to Rajya Sabah , whereas good leaders who toil for the party are sidelined.

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 5 2020

    Power at all time

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  • Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla/Mangaluru

    Fri, Jun 5 2020

    He lost the last general election to Dr. Umesh Jadhav, a part time politician
    Gulbarga is Kharge's own stronghold bastion, had a humiliating defeat
    Now trying to enter Parliament through 'picchu ka darwaja'

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  • Vincy, BANGKOK

    Sat, Jun 6 2020

    Kharge lost due to the foolishness of voters who are still waiting for 15 lacs.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jun 5 2020

    They do not see
    The Writing on the Wall
    Their Walk in the Hall
    Pray.. Why Blame Someone else for the Fall?

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Fri, Jun 5 2020

    Hmmm...nice choice...now Oscar and Kharge can sit TO GET HER / together in Rajya Sabha....best Jodi RS seen so far....

    Jossey Sir...keep your RIBBONS and Scissors ready....

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jun 5 2020

    Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.
    Both are Honest & Educated ...

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Fri, Jun 5 2020

    When meaning of honest changed????

    In ur new meaning malya & entire congress too honest

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  • Jairam Mulky, Moodabidri

    Fri, Jun 5 2020

    Why this old man? Get some youngster who can be the future

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  • Kiran, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 5 2020

    At the expense of young leader Jyothiraditya scindya , Congress will have no future unless the youngsters are brought in .

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  • Shivshankar, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 5 2020

    Poor Guy..chance of becoming Chief Minister. Still struggling all alone.

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  • Af,,, MANGALORE

    Sat, Jun 6 2020

    Everyone can not become chief ministers, As per you Ashoka,CT Ravi,Eshwarappa, Shobha,Nalin are poor chaps, bcos of one man Yeddiyurappa.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 6 2020

    Af
    Atleast some of them became deputy CM even though their name was there for CM Post.
    Where as old kharge name was selected many times when khangress or coilation with appa maga formed the Govt. And every time he was made to wait or rather "monkaige jenuthuppa savaridaru"

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