Bangalore: The state Congress has recommended former IPS officer, K C Ramamurthy, political secretary to the KPCC president, G.C. Chandrashekhar and Prof Rajiv Gowda as likely contestants from the high profile Bangalore North constituency in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
But the shortlisting of Ramamurthy surprised many as most were expecting the party to give priority to those who had come up in its ranks the hard way as promised.
Ramamurthy, they pointed out, was never a Congress member and did not associate with government or party work even after his retirement.
But speaking in his defence, others noted that Nandan Nilekani, whose name was recommended for Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency, was not a Congress member either, but his work as chairman of the UIDAI was being considered as service to the party.
The election committee meeting saw heated exchanges between minority and Lingayat leaders.
Former Union ministers, C.M. Ibrahim and C. K Jaffer Sharief, objected when the committee considered RDPR minister, H. K. Patil's relative, D.R. Patil's name for Haveri and demanded the party should field four candidates from minority communities, three from among Muslims and one from among Christians....