Less than 24 hours after the Congress party announced the list of candidates for the upcoming Karnataka assembly election, supporters of several leaders have become angry over the distribution of tickets.The Congress on Sunday night released its first list of 218 candidates for the May 12 elections, fielding Chief Minister Siddaramaiah from Chamundeshwari and state party chief G Parameshwara from Korategere.The party has not applied the “one-family, one-ticket” formula for the Karnataka polls as it granted tickets to the chief minister and his son, the Home Minister and his daughter, and the Law minister and his son.The dissident Congress workers in Karnataka’s Mandya, Chikmaglur, Bengaluru and Bellary took out a rally and vandalised party’s offices for denying ticket to Ravikumar and giving it to sitting MLA, actor Ambarish from Mandya.Supporters of Anjana Murthy also protested after he was denied a ticket from Nelamangala constituency. R Narayanaswamy is the candidate from Nelamangala.The supporters of Ravikumar attacked Congress office and smashed the chairs and doors., demanding a ticket for him from Mandya.The first list includes at least 15 women candidates and the names of the seven former JD-S and two ex-BJP legislators who joined the party earlier this year.Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy will contest the polls from BTM Layout and his daughter Soumya R from the Jayanagara Assembly constituency (Bengaluru).Law minister T B Jayachandra’s son Santosh Jayachandra was given a ticket from the Chikanayakanhalli Assembly seat (Tumkur).Senior Congress leader’s son Priyank Kharge was given a ticket and he will contest the polls from the Chitapur (Reserved) seat in Gulbarga district.Sitting MLAs who were denied a ticket include Basavaraj Shivannavar from Badgy, Manohar Tehsildar from Hangal, Shiv Moorti Nayak from Mycunda, Turuverevere from Shriniwas and Sharabsherry from Tiptur.Former BJP MLAs Nagendra and Anand Singh and former JD-S MLAs Zamir Ahmed Khan, Chelluvar Ayyasamy, Iqbal Ansari, Akhanda Srinivas Moorthi, Blakrishna, Bheema Nayak and Ramesh Bendi Siddhagowda were also given tickets. They joined the Congress recently.The results of the election to the 224-seat Karnataka Assembly will be out on May 15.
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