Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Senior Congress Leader Says "Outsiders" Preferred Over Own

Arun Chaturvedi

Full-blown revolt: Cong rebels target K'taka CM

Among the names were party's chief ministerial face BS Yeddyurappa from Shikaripura, KS Eshwarappa from Shivamogga, Jagadish Shettar from Hubli-Dharwad Central, Basavaraj Bommai from Shiggaon, CM Udasi from Hangal, KV Hegde from Sirsi and B Sriramulu from Molakalmuru (reserved).

Within minutes of the list of candidates being announced by the, a full-blown revolt broke out in the ranks of the ruling party.

Candidates have not yet been announced for Sindagi, Nagathana, Kittur, Raichur, and Shantinagar segments.

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Senior leader P Ramesh called the party "Tughlaq Congress" and said he would contest the election from CV Raman Nagar in Bengaluru as a JD (S) candidate as Siddaramaiah had told him he would not get a ticket.

Leaders have also cited that "outsiders", who are supporters of CM Siddharamaiah, have been given tickets against loyalists who have been with the party for years.

Congress, BJP and the JD (S) are the three major players in the Karnataka Assembly elections.

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Two former IAS officers Siddaiah (Sakleshpur) and Syed Zameer Pasha (Kolar) have been given ticket.

The dissident Congress workers in Karnataka's Mandya, Chikmaglur, Bengaluru and Bellary took out a rally and vandalised party's offices for denying ticket to Ravikumar and giving it to sitting MLA, actor Ambarish from Mandya. "If the high command doesn't address this aspect of the state leadership, it might bring losses for the party", he said. This is lesser when compared to 2013, when the party gave 19 seats. They even laid siege to the district president of the party.

It was speculated that Siddaramaiah might contest from Badami in Bagalkot district but the party fielded Devraj Patil from the seat.

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Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy will contest the polls from BTM Layout and his daughter Soumya R from the Jayanagara Assembly constituency (Bengaluru).

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