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The Bangalore City District Congress Committee (BCDCC) is to meet on Tuesday for an "opinion poll" among Congress MLAs and corporators.
The President of the committee and Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Ramalinga Reddy, will listen to what the corporators have to say about the mayoral aspirants. But some aspirants and their supporters want a KPCC observer to listen to their views, according to Congress sources on Monday.
"Although we are ready to abide by the High Command's decision, we want an observer from outside Karnataka to gather opinion about the aspirants and ensure that the corporators are able to give their opinion freely," sources said.
Although a tussle for nomination by the party is on between the three main aspirants - P.R. Ramesh (V.V. Puram), Mumtaz Begum (Shivajinagar), and M. Nagaraj (Galeyara Balaga) sources said the BCDCC President favoured Mr. Ramesh's candidature.
"When the President himself, who is supposed to listen to what the corporators have to say, is biased towards one candidate, how can we expect him to consider others?" some party members asked.
Sources said some aspirants were planning to meet the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, and urge him to decide on the mayoral candidate based on merit and "regional balance". As the BCDCC was likely to meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, these aspirants planned to meet the Chief Minister in the morning. The BCDCC would select the candidate on Tuesday and seek the Chief Minister's approval on Wednesday, sources said.
Meanwhile, lobbying by communities on behalf of the mayoral aspirants has reached its peak. Of the three main aspirants, Mr. Nagaraj has got strong support from his community and trade unions.
Usually, lobbying begins at least a month in advance. This time, however, it started only last week.
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