In a blow to the Congress in Karnataka, five MLAs (Members of Legislative Assembly) and two MLCs (Members of Legislative Council) of the party have threatened to resign over ticket fiasco.

The development came after the party allocated a ticket from the Kolar constituency to a relative of Food and Civil Supplies Minister, KH Muniyappa.

In an exclusive conversation with India Today TV, Karnataka Higher Education Minister Dr MC Sudhakar, who was among the MLAs, claimed the other MLAs said they “cannot be a slave”.

“We cannot be a slave to the (Muniyappa) family,” they said, alleging, the party distributes tickets within the family.

Later, speaking to news agency ANI, Sudhakar said, “We want other people in the party to get a chance. We will talk to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah later today. When he (Muniyappa) was here, we were affected by his style of functioning and faced hardship. There is a general feeling in the constituency that the Scheduled Caste community is not being represented.”

“We want a candidate from other than this family,” he said.

Expressing dissatisfaction, the MLAs threatened the party high command of meeting the Assembly Speaker and resigning.

They also alleged the party high command listened to their opinions but did not pay heed to their demands.

On March 21, the Congress announced its second list of 17 candidates in Karnataka, for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, naming party president Mallikarjun Kharge’s son-in-law and children of five other ministers.

The first list was released on March 8.

Earlier, KH Muniyappa had said he wanted the Kolar ticket to be given to one of his family members, while a section of leaders in the segment favoured former Rajya Sabha member L Hanumanthaiah.

Polling will be held in two phases in Karnataka on April 26 and May 7.

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Vani Mehrotra

Published On:

Mar 27, 2024

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