congress: Congress overlooks SR Patil for Karnataka MLC polls | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: SR Patil, opposition leader in the legislative council, has been denied a ticket to contest the December 10 elections to 25 legislative council seats from local body constituencies.
Patil was seeking to contest one of the two seats from Vijayapura-Bagalkot districts, but the party brass decided to contest only one seat and will field Sunil Gouda Patil, a sitting member and brother of former minister MB Patil. The party said it denied a ticket to SR Patil because of his age.
Huge protests broke out in the two districts after he was denied a ticket.
Congress also denied a ticket to sitting MLC Dharmasena from Mysuru-Chamarajanagar constituency. D Thimmaiah, a retired government employee, has been chosen to contest.
The party on Monday announced candidates for 20 seats, including Yousuf Shariff for Bengaluru Urban. The Congress decided to contest only one seat in five districts with dual seats.
Sitting member KC Kondaiah was given a ticket despite opposition from most party MLAs from Ballari and Vijayanagar. MLAs led by Anil Lad had written a letter to high command opposing Kondaiah’s candidature. But backing from Mallikarjun Kharge reportedly worked for Kondaiah.
Congress also sprang a surprise by fielding KPCC working president Saleem Ahmed from Dharwad. It is hoping to cash in on the popularity of Srinivas Mane who represented the seat before he was elected MLA from Hangal earlier this month. As expected, Channaraj Hattiholi, brother of MLA Lakshmi Hebbalkar, Manthar Gowda, son of former minister A Manju, and R Rajendra, son of KN Rajanna have got tickets from Belagavi, Kodagu and Tumakuru.

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