Unity, not candidate, important for victory, says ex-minister
Assembly elections: Congress team visits Kolar to accept applications for ticket
Selection of the candidates by the Congress high command for the upcoming polls is secondary to the victory earned through unity of party members, said party observer and former minister K B Koliwada.
Confident that the Congress will come to power in Karnataka this time, the former minister added that campaigning for the party required a unified effort by the members, keeping aside any personal rivalry or disagreement.
He was in the City on Wednesday, and spoke to the party candidates who submitted their applications for the Legislative Assembly elections.
Zilla Congress Committee president M L Anil Kumar, former member K A Nisar Ahmed, Zilla Panchayat former president Venkatamuniyappa, member A M Lakshminarayana, Urubagalu Srinivas, C Gangadhar, City Municipal Council member Prasad Babu, Mohammad Akram and Suhail were among those who submitted applications.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) secretary Kamalamma and secretary Chandrappa were present on the occasion.
There was an attempt at one-upmanship by Congress local leaders when the KPCC observers’ team visited the taluk on Tuesday evening, to select candidates for the Assembly polls.
Former ministers Rani Satish, B A Moinuddin and K B Koliwada and general secretary Kamalamma were part of the team that accepted the applications of the members, who displayed high levels of disagreement and difference of opinion.
Earlier in the day, groups of supporters campaigned, urging the party high command to give tickets to their respective candidates.
Former Taluk Panchayat president M Venkataravanappa, Padakashti Venkatamuni, Yamanna, Kagganahalli Srinivas, Venkatesh and Belaganahalli Munivenkatappa were among a total of 16 candidates who submitted applications for the B-form.
Infighting in the Congress Bangarpet unit came to surface during the meeting in which K M Narayanaswamy was selected for contesting the coming Assembly elections, on Wednesday.
The clash broke out between two factions when Zilla Panchayat member B V Krishna demanded that he be given the ticket.
Koliwada and Kamalamma were among the Congress leaders who witnessed the clash.
Narayanaswamy, the president of the town municipal council, was defeated in the previous bypolls by a thin margin.
However, he continued his efforts to consolidate his popularity by taking up various development works in the constituency, his supporters argued.
However, Krishna’s supporters demanded that he be given ticket. Former taluk panchayat member Govindaraju argued that Narayanaswamy’s candidature should be unanimously supported.
Realising that the situation was not in his favour, Krishna mellowed down and said he should be given ticket in the next election.
Addressing the party members, Koliwada said that the fight will be between the Congress and the JD(S) as the BJP doesn’t enjoy popularity in the district. The former minister said the proposal to field Narayanaswamy in the elections will be placed before the high command.