Karnataka poll: Congress faces rebellion over tickets

Bangalore, April 16 (IANS) The Congress Tuesday faced rebellion at many places in Karnataka over ticket distribution for the May 5 assembly polls while the party office in Petroleum Minister M. Veerappa Moily’s Lok Sabha constituency was vandalized by disgruntled party workers.

Protesting denial of ticket to a local Congress leader Anjanappa, his supporters in Chikkaballapur, Moily’s constituency about 60 km from Bangalore, broke window panes and damaged furniture in the party office, a police spokesperson told reporters here.

In Mandya, about 80 km from here, district Congress office-bearers said they would stay away from the campaign as the party had changed a candidate for Srirangapatna seat in the district on the insistence of veteran Kannada actor and former junior central minister M.H. Ambareesh.

Ambareesh, given ticket for Mandya seat, had threatened not to contest unless the Srirangapatna candidate Ravindra Srikantaiah was changed. The party late Monday dropped Ravindra and gave ticket to Ambareesh follower Lingaraju.

The party also faced problems in Bhadravati, around 250 km north of Bangalore, as sitting assembly member Sangamesh was not renominated and former union civil aviation minister C.M. Ibrahim was given ticket. Ibrahim was earlier in Janata Dal and served as minister in the United Front government.

Sangamesh told reporters in Bhadravati that he would contest as an Independent.

Other trouble spots for the party were Davangere in central Karnataka and Bellary in the north with those denied ticket threatening to contest as Independents.

Nominations to elect 224 members of the 225-member assembly that includes one nominated member close Wednesday. Vote count is on May 8.

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