Unhappy with ticket distribution for Karnataka polls, Congress workers ransack Bengaluru party office
Congress' first list of 218 candidates for the Karnataka Assembly election has clearly left many fuming- with disgruntled party workers vandalising the party office in Bengaluru today.
Unhappy with ticket distribution for the May 12 polls, several Congress workers ransacked the office and created a mayhem- as a form of lodging their protest.
According to sources, some raised objections over the grant of party tickets to recently joined BJP and JD(S) rebel legislators, besides some independents.
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The party has reportedly re-nominated 107 of the 122 sitting MLAs but refused tickets for 14 sitting MLAs.
In addition, candidates for Sindgi, Nagthan, Melukote, Kittur, Raichur and Shantinagar assembly seats have not been decided yet.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will be contesting the elections from Chamundeshwari, while his son Dr Yatheendra will contest the election from Varuna constituency. Mallikarjun Kharge's son Priyank Kharge will contest from Chitapur and Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy's daughter Soumya Reddy will make her political debut by contesting from Jayanagar assembly constituency.
Speaking to India Today, Congress General Secretary incharge KC Venugopal said the party is clear that workers and winnability matters. It is a collective effort and it is a boost to party's cadre. "The message is clear - winnability matters," he said.
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