Cong work­ers van­dalise party of­fice in protest

An­gry over ticket dis­tri­bu­tion for Kar­nataka polls…

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

The Congress work­ers on Mon­day van­dalised the party of­fice in Madya to protest against the dis­tri­bu­tion of tickets for the up­com­ing Kar­nataka Assem­bly elec­tions.

As soon as the Congress party re­leased its first list of 218 can­di­dates for the up­com­ing Kar­nataka polls on April 15, the party work­ers turned fu­ri­ous over the de­ci­sion, par­tic­u­larly those name were not listed in the first list.

The party's chief min­is­te­rial can­di­date Sid­dara­ma­iah will con­test from the Chamundesh­wari con­stituency.

Sid­dara­ma­iah’s son Dr Yatheen­dra will con­test from Varuna con­stituency.

Kar­nataka Home Min­is­ter R Ra­ma­linga Reddy will con­test from BTM Lay­out, while his daugh­ter Sowmya Reddy will con­test from Jayana­gar. The Congress is yet to re­lease can­di­date list for five seats. Kar­nataka will go to polls on May 12 to elect its rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the 225-mem­ber assem­bly. The re­sults will be out on May 15.

With most of those who switched sides get­ting tickets, it is seen as con­sol­i­da­tion of Sid­dara­ma­iah's po­si­tion within the party, as party vet­er­ans like Mal­likar­juna Kharge, Veer­appa Moily and KPCC chief G Paramesh­wara were seen op­posed to it, pre­fer­ring long time party work­ers.

Is­su­ing tickets to party hop­pers, in­clud­ing seven rebel JDS MLAs and con­tro­ver­sial busi­ness­man of Ban­ga­loreMysore In­fras­truc­ture Cor­ri­dor project Ashok Kheny, was re­ported to be a thorny is­sue while select­ing can­di­dates, with Sid­dara­ma­iah said to be stand­ing strongly in their favour.

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