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Upset over ticket distribution, Congress workers take to streets

April 16, 2018 14:43

A fully-blown revolt has broken out in the Karnataka Congress over the ticket distribution for the upcoming Karnataka assembly elections.

On Sunday, the Congress released its first list of 218 candidates for the May 12 Karnataka assembly elections, fielding Chief Minister Siddaramaiah from Chamundeshwari and state party chief G Parameshwara from Korategere.

However, the party did not apply the "one-family, one-ticket" formula for the Karnataka polls which it followed in the Punjab polls held last year.

Protests have erupted in many constituencies like Hangal, Mayakonda, Jagalur, Tiptur, Kunigal, Kolar, Kollegal, Belur, Badami, Kittur as sitting MLAs and strong aspirants vented their ire on being denied a ticket.

The Congress workers also staged protests against their own party at several places in the state.

At Azad Park of Chikamagalur, Gayathri Shantegowda's supporters protested and set tyres on fire.

Similarly, supporters of MLA DB Inamdar protested in Belagavi. They blocked road and burnt tyres. 

The factional fight in the Karnataka Congress is likely to hurt the party, especially when BJP's aggressive campaigning led by president Amit Shah threatens to change equations in the run-up to the polls. 

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