Sidda’s ticket distribution upsets Cong’s state loyalists
Senior leaders have accused CM Siddaramaiah of favouring turncoats from the JD (S)
New Delhi: Congress’ strategy to bank on incumbent chief minister Siddaramaiah in choosing candidates for the ensuing assembly elections in Karnataka seems to have angered several loyalists of the party that may not augur well for the party.
The party had to seek Sonia Gandhi’s intervention while finalising the list of 218 candidates on Saturday, but it still had to face the ire of supporters of several wannabes who failed to get tickets and blamed Siddaramaiah for choosing turncoats from JD (S) instead of backing them.
Rebels from JD (S) who joined the Congress recently - Zamir Ahmed Khan, Chelluvar Ayyasamy, Iqbal Ansari, Akhanda Srinivas Moorthi, Blakrishna, Bheema Nayak and Ramesh Bendi Siddhagowda have been given tickets.
The party is seeing angry protests and voices of dissent from several constituencies including Kunigal, Kolar, Hangal, Mayakonda, Tiptur, Kollegal, Belur, Badami, Kittur, Jagalur and Jayanagar. Peeved at the selection, many state leaders are planning to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Upset at his son Mansoor Ali Khan, who belongs to the Jayanagar constituency, which has a large number of Muslim voters, being overlooked, Congress’ former Rajya Sabha member K Rahman Khan said he was not
happy with the representation of Muslims.
“We were promised more tickets than the 19 that were given to us in 2013. But the number has been reduced. Our chief minister came from Janata Dal (Secular) and so he gives more importance to them. It seems he has no attachment to leaders and cadres of the Congress,” said Khan.
A file photo of Rahul Gandhi with Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah