The Congress has began the exercise of selecting a candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

On Wednesday, a team of observers arrived in the party office in Bidar to interact with leaders and workers. The observers addressed the meeting and sought opinions from the gathering. Most workers wanted N. Dharam Singh, the serving MP, to be nominated again. However, some sought a replacement.

Basavaraj Bulla, former president of the District Congress Committee (DCC) said he was an aspirant for the ticket. He claimed the support of several party members.

The observers included Anwar Mudhol, Sham Bheem Ghatage, Srinivas Mane and Naveen Bhandare. Khaji Arshed Ali, DCC president, welcomed the gathering.

He said the observers would carry the opinions of the district unit to the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, which would send a report to the All India Congress Committee.

Kasturi Karnataka Janapara Vedike members held a protest outside the Congress office, demanding a local leader be given the ticket.

They said Mr. Singh had neglected the district’s development and visited the district only during official functions.

  • Anwar Mudhol, Sham Bheem Ghatage, Srinivas Mane and Naveen Bhandare visit party office

  • Vedike demands local leader be given ticket