Don't discuss openly about CM candidate, BKS advises Congmen

Senior Congress leader and former minister Prof B K Chandrashekar on Sunday took exception to the party leaders, including some ministers, discussing openly about the chief ministerial candidate in the event of the party coming back to power after the next Assembly election.

"Any comment on the issue at this juncture is unnecessary. The high command has already clarified that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will lead the party campaign in the election," he said, on seeking his reaction to the party leaders commenting on the issue.

Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy had, on Saturday, expressed his support for Siddaramaiah getting a second term as chief minister if the party retains power in the state. KPCC working president S R Patil and Water Resources Minister M B Patil, too, had batted in favour of a second term for Siddaramaiah, recently.

On the issue of giving tickets to sons and daughters of party leaders to contest the next polls, Chandrashekar said honest party workers should be given priority. "I am concerned about the ordinary party workers. How will they come up if sons and daughters of party leaders are given priority over others?" he said.

Nearly two dozen leaders of the party, including some ministers, have started lobbying to get tickets for their sons and daughters for contesting the next election. Reddy said his daughter Sowmya would contest the election if the party fields her as a candidate.

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