In what could be termed as a continuation of the culture of dynastic rule, sons and daughters of several Congress leaders in the State are queuing up for ticket for the coming Assembly elections. A large number of retired IAS officers and film personalities too are making a beeline for the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC).
The list of people who applied for a ticket include Priyank Kharge, son of Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge; Ajay Singh, son of former Chief Minister and MP N. Dharam Singh; Mansoor Ali Khan, son of Union Minorities Affairs Minister K. Rahman Khan; and Roopa Shashidhar, daughter of Union Minister of State for Medium and Small Industries, K.H. Muniyappa. They have sought ticket to contest from Gurumitkal, Jewargi, KGFand Sarvajna Nagar constituencies respectively.
Rehman Sharief, grandson of former Railway Minister C.K. Jaffer Sharief, wants to contest from Hebbal, while the senior Sharief is interested in contesting from Chitradurga district. Former IAS officers Ashok Kumar Manoli and Puttaswamy and the former Assistant Commissioner of Police B.K. Shivaram are interested in contesting from a constituency in Belgaum district and Arakalgud and Malleswaram segments respectively.
The Congress is also being approached by several film personalities and their kin. The former MLC and film actor Umashree; Ranjeetha, mother of actor Ramya; Meena, mother of actor Darshan; Munirathnam, producer; and S. Mahender, director; want to contest from Terdal, Hebbal, K.R. Nagara, Rajarajeswari Nagar and Kollegal constituencies.
Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike councillors Abdul Rakeeb Zakir, M. Udayshankar, M. Nagaraju and G.N.R. Babu have also applied for tickets and opted for Sarvajna Nagar, Chickpet, Mahalakshmi Layout and Jayanagar constituencies.
Meanwhile, sons of senior party leaders such as Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah, H. Vishwanath, MP, Manjunath Kunnoor, I.G. Sanadi, V.S. Kaujalagi and R.V. Deshpande were also showing interest in fighting the elections this time. But, whether the relatives of the leaders would finally make it is a big question as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had expressed his reservations about it, the sources said.