Bengaluru: The Congress party has weathered the storm over ticket allocation to a great extent by finalising the candidates for Shantinagar, Kittur and Raichur constituencies on expected lines.
Syed Yasin a former MLA and the son-in-law of former Union minister C.K. Jaffer Sharief will be the Congress candidate for Raichur while sitting MLA, N.A. Haris has bagged the ticket for Shantinagar dispelling rumours that the would be denied the ticket because of the involvement of his son Mohammad Nalapad in a brutal assault.
Sulking Congress MLA Mr D.B. Inamdar who was not included in the first list, was finally given the party ticket for Kittur constituency. The party is yet to announce candidates for Nagthana, Badami, Sindhagi and Tiptur while B forms have been withheld for the candidates announced for Madikeri and Jagalur.
Meanwhile, the party has identified 33-34 assembly segments where rebels are posing a challenge to party candidates. The party has systematically lined up leaders including Congress president Rahul Gandhi himself to speak to these rebels and dissuade them from working against the party.
Mr Gandhi is expected to speak to Chandra Singh, son-in-law of former CM Dharam Singh, who was planning to contest from Bidar constituency, and Prasanna Kumar who missed the bus in Pulakeshi Nagar. In other constituencies, leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge, AICC general secretary, K.C. Venugopal, campaign committee chairman, D.K. Shivakumar and KPCC president, Dr G. Parameshwar will speak to those who missed the party ticket and may enter the fray as Congress rebels....