At the screening meeting in Bengaluru, the top party leaders including CM Siddaramaiah, ministers MB Patil, G Parameshwar, KJ George, DK Shivakumar, Ramalinga Reddy and others have prepared a list of candidates from 122 assembly segments which the party has won.
According to sources, out of 122 sitting MLA's, only 70 candidates names have been cleared and 52 sitting MLA's are likely to be dropped to accommodate winnable candidates. The sources also say the party has decided to rope in about 20 candidates with star value.
Infosys founder's Narayan Murthy's wife Sudha Murthy, Actor Sudeep and few top personalities in various fields are being approached to contest or to vouch for Congress in this election.
But this move is likely to cause rebellion within Congress in case the sitting MLA's are dropped.
Congress will not announce their list in phases. They are planning on releasing a single list for the 224 seats.