CM to meet high command to finalise candidates for RS, Council polls

CM to meet high command to finalise candidates for RS, Council polls

CM to meet high command to finalise candidates for RS, Council polls

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and KPCC President G Parameshwara will be in Delhi on Thursday to consult the party high command to finalise candidates for two upcoming elections.

The two leaders have prepared a probable list of candidates for the polls to be held for the Rajya Sabha and Karnataka legislative council.

They are scheduled to first meet AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka, Digvijaya Singh, and brief him on the probable candidates. Elections to four seats of Rajya Sabha are scheduled for June 11, while the council polls are scheduled for June 10.

Sources in the Congress said the party could easily win two Rajya Sabha seats. The chief minister might seek the high command’s permission to field the third candidate as the party will be left with a chunk of excess votes.

Of the elections to seven seats to the Council from the Assembly, the party can win four. Besides, the party government has to fill in three Council seats through nomination. Siddaramaiah and Parameshwara have shortlisted probable names after sifting through about 130 applications received by the KPCC.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Siddaramaiah said Parameshwara and himself would be going to Delhi on Thursday to discuss about the elections as the high command should take a final call, he added.

Asked whether the party will field a candidate from outside the state in the Rajya Sabha polls in the wake of public outcry, the chief minister only said he would apprise the high command of the sentiments of Kannada-speaking people.

A section of people have strongly opposed on the social media the BJP’s move to re-elect Venkaiah Naidu to Rajya Sabha. The names of former Union ministers P Chidambaram and Narayanaswamy are doing rounds as the probables from Karnataka.

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