Muniyappa's daughter is frontrunner

Councillors recommend her candidature stating party will have better prospects

Union Minister K H Muniyappa’s daughter Roopakala seems to be emerging frontrunner in the Kolar Gold Fields Constituency with many members of the City Municipal Council suggesting her name as the party’s candidate in the constituency.

At a meeting held at the residence of the Muniyappa in Bangalore on Saturday, a few Council members suggested her name claiming that the party will be victorious, if given the ticket.

Sources said that councillor A M Lakshminarayana of Bethamangala ZP constituency, R Narayana Reddy of Parandahalli Constituency and others have recommended her name as Roopkala is quite popular in rural areas.

N Srinivas, who unsuccessfully contested in the last election, advocate Subramani, KGF Urban Development Authority former chairman M Sampath Kumar and Narayanswami of Bethamangala are also said to be aspirants for the ticket. It may be recalled here that KGF and Bethamangala party units had pledged their support to Roopkala as the candidate in January itself.

A meeting of leaders will be convened at the minister’s residence on Wednesday to decide on MLC Nasir Ahmed as the party candidate from the Kolar Assembly constituency. Members of minority community and backward community will take part in the meeting.

In Mulbagal

Chances are slim for Member of Legislative Assembly Amaresh to get ticket this time. For, Amaresh, who is facing opposition in the party itself, may not be given the ticket this time, say party insiders. Already, a list of probable candidates from the district has reached the Delhi but till now, no official announcement has been made about the candidate for Mulbagal.

Member of Legislative Assembly S N Krisnaiah Setty is said to be quitting the BJP as it has “no future” and join Congress. According to sources, he has expressed his desire to quit the party to party high command and is waiting for their reply.

“Since Setty is a winning candidate, he wants to join the congress. But this may deprive A Nagaraj, one of the aspirant in the party,” said sources.

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