As many as 25 Congress leaders are lobbying to get tickets for their children in the forthcoming elections. Starting from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, nine ministers, two MPs, legislators, Speaker and even former ministers are getting ready to launch their either children or family members, reports Kannada Prabha.
While seven ministers are vying to get tickets for their son or daughter, two are trying for their relatives. The number is expected to rise as the elections approaches following the internal survey that indicated a win for the ruling party in the next election. Siddaramaiah himself is giving up his Varuna constituency to his son Dr Yatndra and is planning to contest from Chamundeshwari. His close associate and minister Dr HC Mahadevappa is giving up his constituency T Narasipura for his controversial son Sunil Bose. He is reportedly planning to migrate to CV Raman Nagar in Bengaluru. Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa too is giving up his constituency Sagara to his daughter Dr Rajanandhini. There is also a rumour that he may retire from active politics. Minister A Manju is reportedly giving up his constituency to his son Manthar Gowda and may contest from Belur or any other constituency in Hasan, say sources in Congress.
Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy is also trying to obtain a ticket for his daughter Sowmya Reddy from Jayanagar constituency. Minister Jayachandra is trying to get a ticket for his son Santosh Jayachandra from Chikkanayakanahalli. Ministers Ramesh Jarkiholi and HK Patil too are hopeful of getting tickets for their respective brothers Lakhan Jarkiholi and DR Patil. Minister DK Shivakumar is trying to get a ticket for his wife’s brother-in-law Dr Ranganath from Kunigal, reports Kannada Prabha.
Ministers Roshan Baig and KJ George are both aspiring to launch their sons in the by-election. Although, both of them are contesting from Shivajinagar and Sarvajna Nagar, respectively, they are also keen to contest the Lok Sabha election in 2019. If in case, they win the general election, they want their sons to contest from these constituencies, sources told Kannada Prabha.
MP KH Muniyappa is hoping to get a ticket for his daughter Roopa Shashidhar from KGF. However, local leaders Narayan and Srinivas are making all efforts to get a ticket. Hence Muniyappa is said to have set his eyes on Mulbagal constituency. Congress leader Late Srikanthaiah’s grandson Lalitha Raghav is trying to contest from Shravana Belagola, reports Kannada Prabha.