Congress wooing rebel candidates with TP ticket


At least six such candidates are bent on remaining in the fray as Independents

With the last date for withdrawing nomination papers filed for zilla panchayat elections approaching, the Congress leaders in the district have been making all out efforts to convince rebel candidates to opt out of the contest.

Of the 31 zilla panchayats in the district, the Congress is facing rebellion in six.

Veda, wife of president of the district unit of Horticulture Produce Cooperative Marketing and Processing Society (HOPCOMS) Vijay Kumar, who was an aspirant for Congress ticket, had filed nomination papers from Hosudi. Mr. Kumar had even begun campaigning, seeking votes for his wife. Meanwhile, the Congress has nominated Saraswathi Sharan Kumar, daughter-in-law of H.M. Chandrashekharappa, former MLA for Hosudi. Mr. Kumar told presspersons here that his wife would not withdraw her nomination papers and would be in the fray as an Independent candidate.

Uma, wife of veteran Congress leader Duggappa Gowda, was an aspirant for Congress ticket from Gajanur. She too has filed her nomination papers there. The party has fielded Geetha, wife of the former zilla panchayat member Prem Kumar as its candidate.

Holiyappa and Tukaram, who were both aspirants of Congress ticket from Keladi, filed their nomination papers. However, the party has announced that Mr. Holiyappa would be its nominee there.

Social activist Paduvalli Harshendra Kumar, a close associate of Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar, had sought Congress ticket to contest from Lingapura. Hoping the party would consider his request, he had filed his nomination papers. However, in the last minute, the Congress offered the ticket to Yallappa, who had won the previous election from the Bharatiya Janata Party. The decision to field Mr. Yallappa has created displeasure among loyal party activists, who are putting pressure on Mr. Kumar to remain in the fray as an Independent candidate at Lingapura.

At Singanamane, which is considered a strong bastion of the Congress, it has announced to field C.M. Sadiq. T. Chandre Gowda, another aspirant of Congress ticket, had filed his papers there.

Meanwhile, the Congress leaders have doused rebellion at many places by offering ticket to contest the taluk panchayat elections to those aspiring to contest ZP polls. Shruthi Venkatesh, T.L. Sundaresh and Mallikarjuna Hakre, who were aspirants for ZP ticket, have been provided with an opportunity to contest the TP polls from Arehalli, Konandur and Avinahalli, respectively.

February 4 is the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers

At many places, the party has managed to quell rebellion by offering ticket for TP polls

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