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Candidates selection in K’taka: Cong facing problem of plenty

Congress is apparently having a tough task in finalising the names of candidates for the 5 May assembly polls in Karnataka.

‘The Congress victory in the recently-concluded urban body polls has created a huge demand for tickets from the party as there is a clear impression that we are coming to power,’ said a senior party leader.

‘There are a number of potential candidates, who will have to be denied tickets. We have to be mindful of the impact,’ the leader said, requesting anonymity.

There are about a dozen former BJP MLAs, who are now hopeful of getting tickets from Congress which is finding it difficult to accommodate them.

These BJP MLAs resigned at the spur by one or the other regional satraps of Congress, who seems to be pushing hard to ensure that they get tickets.

On Thursday, state Youth Congress president Rizwan Arshad offered to resign in protest against denial of ticket from Muslim-dominated Narasimharaja assembly constituency in Mysore.

However, Youth Congress chief Rajiv Satav, remained non-committal on the Rizwan resignation issue only saying, ‘Youth Congress of Karnataka has put requests for tickets for a few. The official list of candidates is yet not out and we are hopeful that the central leadership of the party will consider our demands.’


SONIA SEEKS KRISHNA’S HELP

Amid reports of sharp differences among Karnataka Congress leaders over candidates for the 5 May assembly polls, former state chief minister S M Krishna arrived in New Delhi on Friday to assist Congress president Sonia Gandhi to resolve the issue. Krishna would meet Gandhi Saturday to help her finalise the names from among the probables chosen by the state Congress leaders, party sources said.
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