Sidda’s ticket dis­tri­bu­tion up­sets Cong’s state loy­al­ists

Se­nior lead­ers have ac­cused CM Sid­dara­ma­iah of favour­ing turn­coats from the JD (S)

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - Manan Kumar manan.kumar@dnain­

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

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