Karnataka Assembly Election 2018: Angry over ticket distribution, Congress workers vandalise party office

South India

MANDYA: The Congress workers on Monday vandalised the party office here, to protest against the distribution of tickets for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly Elections. The Congress Party released its first list of 218 candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections on April 15.

Within minutes of the list of candidates being announced by the Congress, a full-blown revolt broke out in the ranks of the ruling party. Several disgruntled leaders threatened to resign from the primary membership of the party, and many trained their guns on chief minister Siddaramaiah.

The party's chief ministerial candidate Siddaramaiah will contest from the Chamundeshwari constituency.

Siddaramaiah's son Dr Yatheendra will contest from Varuna constituency.

Karnataka Home Minister R Ramalinga Reddy will contest from BTM Layout, while his daughter Sowmya Reddy will contest from Jayanagar

The Congress is yet to release candidate list for five seats.

Karnataka will go to polls on May 12 to elect its representatives for the 225-member assembly. The results will be out on May 15.

According to the report of Times of India, supporters of former excise minister Manohar Tahsildhar, who currently represents Hangal, staged a protest over denial of the party ticket to their leader. Incumbent Jagalur MLA H P Rajesh rushed to Bengaluru late Sunday night to meet chief minister Siddaramaiah, after his name failed to figure on the list. Supporters of fivetime MLA D B Inamdar were also up in arms with the party holding the candidate’s name for Kittur; the high command is reportedly toying with the idea of fielding his relative, Babasaheb Patil.

Miffed with the party leadership, many workers have decided to contest as independent candidates. The Congress leadership is expected to send senior leaders to these districts on a troubleshooting mission. The party has time until April 27 to convince the rebels not to upset the official candidates’ applecart, the report said.

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