BENGALURU: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G Parameshwara on Saturday tried to downplay talk about unhappiness among Congress members over the recent selection of KPCC office-bearers.
At a press conference, Parameshwara said that opinions from all leaders had been taken into consideration before finalising the list of 171 office-bearers. “In this list, 33 are women. There are 57 general secretaries and 96 secretaries. It seems like a big list and it is,” he said.
Asked about the dissent in the party over the selection of office-bearers, Parameshwara denied it.
Kolar MP and AICC member, K H Muniyappa, who is said to be unhappy about the list, has complained to All India Congress Committee vice-president Rahul Gandhi that the list consists of 100 people who are from Bengaluru.
He has questioned how the party can win across the state when a majority of the people were from Bengaluru.
Parameshwara said he had spoken to Muniyappa and added that he had not mentioned any unhappiness over the selection. “People who are not in the list will be given other responsibilities,” Parameshwara said.
Stating that he did not know about any complaints having been lodged with AICC, Parameshwara said that none of the MLAs had spoken to him about it. “It is a long list, but if the AICC feels they should draw a new list, then it is up to them,” he said.
A bunch of MLAs, notably S T Somashekar, Munirathna and Venkataramanaiah, are also unhappy with the list as MLCs like N S Boseraj and Govinda Raj have made their way to the list but not any MLAs. Somashekar has questioned whether the party feels that MLAs are not required to mount a campaign to win elections.
Parameshwara said the party had conducted a survey to choose suitability of candidates for tickets, but that tickets would not be issued on the basis of the survey alone and there were additional criteria to be met.