Cong to begin meetings on LS poll strategy, candidates

Dec 14 2013, 04:58 IST
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SummaryMeetings of the co-ordination committee and the election committee of the Karnataka Congress are scheduled for Saturday.

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee is set to begin a series of meetings under the supervision of AICC general secretary and in-charge for the state Digvijaya Singh on Saturday in preparation for Parliament elections, including finalization of a probable list of candidates for the 28 seats state.

Meetings of the co-ordination committee and the election committee of the Karnataka Congress are scheduled for Saturday. The list of probable candidates prepared by various party bodies are expected to be scrutinised at themeeting. After this list will be placed before the AICC, sources said.

Among the key candidates whose names are likely to be discussed is that of former top Infosys executive Nandan Nilekani, the current UIDAI chairman, for the Bangalore South constituency. His name has been discussed by the Congress at the highest level as a probable candidate from the seat represented by the BJP’s Ananth Kumar.

The KPCC, under the leadership of state president G Parameshwara, had undertaken an exercise three months ago to shortlist three possible candidates from 28 seats. Nilekani’s name had not featured then in the short list for the three Bangalore constituencies.

“The state list for the Bangalore North, South and Central constituencies did not feature Nandan Nilekani. But he is in a different category that is the high command’s prerogative and will not feature in a state list,’’ Congress sources had then said.

Alongside the meeting of the party election committee, a meeting of the co-ordination committee will also be held. The committee is expected to decide on a short list of Congress leaders to be appointed as chairpersons of boards and corporations in the government.

“There is a move to make key appointments to boards and corporations because there is a big demand from the party. The CM is however not in favor of making the appointments ahead of the Parliament polls,’’ sources said.

The Congress party is hoping to entice second rung leaders to work for the elections by holding out appointments to boards and corporations as incentives, sources said. The co-ordination committee is also likely to assign responsibilities to ministers and leaders for the Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress, according to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, is targeting a victory in 22 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state in an attempt to put behind a sequence of poor performances in the 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha polls when the party won merely eight and six

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