- Congress announced candidates' list ahead of Karnataka Assembly Election
- Siddharamaiah's name was absent against Badami, Shanthinagar and NA Haris were completely missing from the list.
The moment the list was out at around 8 pm on April 15, the first two constituencies that people frantically checked was for Badami and Shantinagar. While Siddharamaiah's name was absent against Badami, Shanthinagar and NA Haris were completely missing from the list. It was touted that Siddaramaiah wanted to contest from both Chamundeshwari and Badami. But will this give rise to speculation that Siddu is not confident of victory despite his Karnataka's Mr Cool attitude? That apart, senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge was much against Siddharamaiah's decision to contest from Badami. With a choice of Badami taken after much debate, Shanthinagar wasn't as easy.
Bengaluru's Shanthinagar is famous for all the wrong reasons after MLA NA Haris's son Mohammad Nalapad got embroiled in alleged goondagiri landing him in jail. While Haris is a winnable candidate, reports say that a ticket to him can bring disrepute to few other constituencies.
Sindgi, Nagthan, Melukote, Kittur, Raichur and Shantinagar are not declared yet by the party. But talking of disrepute, former excise minister, HY Meti, who earlier made news concerning an alleged sex scandal, bags a ticket from Bagalkote. A CD of the former minister had surfaced in media in December 2016.
The Congress has also not announced any candidate from Melukote yet. Sources say the party may support Swaraj India candidate Darshan Puttanaiah, the son of farmer-activist Puttanaiah, who died two months ago.
Siddaramaiah seems to have called the shots with regards to the list. In Hyderabad-Karnataka region, Mallikarjun Kharge appears to have had sway in the decision. 40 Lingayats, 23 Vokkaligas, 50 seats to OBCs and five seats allotted to Brahmins.
Congress, known for being the front-runner in dynasty politics, proves it yet again. Siddaramaiah's son gets a ticket from Varuna. Ramalinga Reddy’s daughter gets a ticket. TB Jayachandra’s son gets the ticket.
"Why didn’t Dalith Movement Leader Late Sri Basavalingappa's Son get the ticket, why didn't Mahadeva's son get the ticket. INC always snubbed Dalits - #DalitVidrohiINC," BJP leader Sadananda Gowda tweeted.
1. Siddaramaiah's son - Yathindra
2. Ramalinga Reddy's daughter - Soumya Reddy
3. Krishnappa' son - Priya Krishna
4. Shamnur Shivshankarappa's son - SS Mallikarjun
5. TB Jayachandra's son - Santosh Jayachandra
6. KH Muniyappa's daughter -Roopa
7. Mallikarjun Kharge's son - Priyank Kharge
8. Dharm Singh's son - Ajay Singh