Congress to field Cabinet ministers in Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka

Bengaluru, Feb 21 (IANS): In a bid to secure the maximum number of Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, Congress has decided to field Cabinet ministers as candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

"The party is considering the candidatures of Minister for Cooperation K.N. Rajanna or Minister for Home G. Parameshwara for the Tumakuru MP seat. Along with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s son Yathindra, Minister for Social Welfare H.C. Mahadevappa is being considered for the Mysuru-Kodagu parliamentary constituency. The Minister for PWD Satish Jarkiholi is being discussed for the Belagavi Constituency,” sources said.

Sources said that Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar is also using the situation to his advantage and advocating for the fielding of senior cabinet ministers who are close confidantes of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

“These ministers have been supporting the Chief Minister and challenging Shivakumar’s supremacy in the party and the government. Minister Rajanna’s recent outburst that he is loyal to the party but not a slave to the high command was also issued in this backdrop,” sources said.

They said that the ministers' refusal to contest Lok Sabha elections is the primary reason for the delay in finalising the candidates.

“The cabinet ministers are not ready to lose their positions merely nine months after assuming power, considering the serious setback to their political careers and fearing the advantageous position of the BJP,” sources explained.

On refusal by some ministers to contest the Lok Sabha elections, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the party will decide who will contest the upcoming polls and everyone has to respect the decision.

“All of us have to work towards winning more seats for the party,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

Sources said that Congress Karnataka in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala, in the recently held Congress Legislature Party Meeting in Bengaluru, had said that the contest of ministers is inevitable and they should be ready.

“Any cabinet minister could be asked to contest elections,” Surjewala has said in the meeting.

The AICC and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) will conduct separate surveys and finalise the candidates.

“The district in-charge ministers have also suggested candidates to the party. However, the party has decided to go with the candidate's winnability,” sources said.

“Disintegration of INDIA bloc, Karnataka unit’s ‘Delhi Chalo’ agitation, and attacks on the Central government over alleged injustice to Karnataka in terms of fund allotment have not yielded the desired results for the party. The alliance with JD (S) is another major factor contributing to Congress fear,” sources said.

Leader of the Opposition (LoP) R. Ashoka, while talking about advocates’ protest in Ramanagara, has said that there is a rift between Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy Chief Minister Shivakumar indicating all is not well between them.

There are 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka. BJP had won 25 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections while Congress managed to win only one seat. JD (S) had won one, and an independent candidate had won the other.






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  • M.Mathias, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Farmers, youth, muslims, Sikhs and dalits are against present central government. Electoral bonds are stopped by Supreme Court. INDIA bloc will form the next government. They will get 290 to 320 seats. Congress will get 150 to 180 seats. DMK will get 25 seats. TMC will get 35 seats. SP will get 30 seats. AAP, CPI, Shiva Sena, NCP, JMM,RJD and others will get 50 to 60 seats. Priyanka Gandhi or Aravind Kejirewal will be the Prime Minister.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Every middle and poor class peoples are enjoying Siddaramayya Government facilities. Nobody is bother about candidates, voters will vote for Congress symbol. In BJP voters are casting their votes for Modiji face, that what I believe. Any how good luck for both parties.

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  • chandra, Surathkal

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    start of infighting

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  • Harold Dcunha, Mangalore, India

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Dakshina Kannada BJP is very much united in selecting MP candidates. Recent Puttur meeting is a classic example.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Congress is not only facing the scarcity of ground level workers but also aspirants for MP tickets!!!

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  • ca girishkk, valencia/m'lore

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    jokara asoka knows more about dongi congi than his own jokaras....,

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  • Arjun, India

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Anyhow they know they will lose!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Only the Educated can save India ...

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  • Suresh, Kinnigoli

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Wow. Pradeep Ishwar should contest again

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  • chandra, Surathkal

    Wed, Feb 21 2024


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