The party is yet to name candidates for Shantinagar segment in Bengaluru Central, Kittar, Nagthan, Sindgi, Raichur and Melukote.
It is not that the Congress or the JD (S) have no tainted candidates, but it is quite clear that despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing the Congress government of Siddaramaiah of being a "10 per cent commission" government, the party seems to have no other choice but to back all those politicians who are facing cases in the hope of achieving its target of toppling Siddaramaiah's government.
Leaders have also cited that "outsiders", who are supporters of CM Siddharamaiah, have been given tickets against loyalists who have been with the party for years. A loss in Karnataka will put the Congress party's future in the country on life support. The list has 15 women candidates, five more than what the party had fielded in the previous Assembly elections. Both CM Siddaramaiah and KPCC Chief G Parameshwara have tipped him to get the ticket.
The party has reportedly re-nominated 107 of the 122 sitting MLAs but refused tickets for 14 sitting MLAs. Byrathi Suresh, brother of sitting K.R. Puram Congress MLA B.S. Basavaraj, has been given the ticket from Hebbal, Father-son sitting MLAs, who have succeeded in getting the party ticket are S.S. Mallikarjuna and his father Shyamanuru Shivashankarappa, fighting in the two Constituencies from Davangere and Minister M. Krishnappa and his son Priya Krishna, from Vijayanagar and Govindarajanagar respectively in Bengaluru. This is lesser when compared to 2013, when the party gave 19 seats. Some leaders also threatened to resign from the party, The Times of India reported.
Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy will contest the polls from BTM Layout and his daughter Soumya R from the Jayanagara Assembly constituency (Bengaluru).