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Karnataka polls: Internal differences delay Cong's first list of candidates

There is a possibility of releasing the first list of around 180 candidates in a total of 224 constituencies in the state

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Siddaramaiah
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

The first list of candidates for the May 12 assembly elections in was delayed after differences cropped up among members of the party's central election committee (CEC) that met on Friday.

At the CEC meeting, which met twice under the chairmanship of Rahul Gandhi, members deliberated on the selection of candidates for hours, but could not arrive at a consensus and decided to meet again tomorrow.

"We will meet again tomorrow," told reporters after the meeting.

of the said the list is not finalised yet and further discussions will take place tomorrow.

She said the final call will be taken by leaders at the meeting again.

Sources said the differences were apparent as each of the senior party leaders from the state were carrying their own separate lists of candidates for approval.

Some leaders raised objections over the grant of party tickets to recently joined BJP and JD(S) rebel legislators, besides some Independents, the sources said.

A section of leaders feel that the tickets should be given to the winning candidates and expressed apprehensions over the loyalty of those joining the ahead of elections, they said.

The deliberations were also centered around the grant of party tickets to family members of and state unit chief G Parameswara and some senior ministers.

The sources also said that the has sought two tickets -- one from the Koratagere constituency in district, the seat that he had lost in 2013, and the other is the Pulakeshinagar constituency in Bengaluru, from where JD(S) MLA joined the Congress recently.

Even wants to contest from two seats and is demanding tickets, one from his old Chamundeshwari constituency in district and the other Badami in district, where sitting Congress MLA B B Chimmanakatti was pursuaded to vacate the seat, they said.

There is a possibility of releasing the first list of around 180 candidates in a total of 224 constituencies in the state, the sources said.

First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 22:55 IST
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