MADIKERI: In an unforeseen turn of events, H S Chandramauli’s candidature for Madikeri constituency has been reportedly withheld by the Congress high command after fellow advocate and senior party leader Brijesh Kalappa took to social media to vent out his anguish after being denied the party ticket.
Sources said the party decided to hold his ticket after it realised that as an advocate he had argued on behalf of Mehul Choksi, a key accused in Punjab National Bank fraud case.
In a Facebook post, Brijesh Kalappa who is an AICC spokesperson regretted the party choosing Chandramouli who had joined Congress just two years back and also lost an MLC election within that period. “I will try for Gram Panchayat next time,” he posted.
More than this, what has hit Chandramouli hard is social media being abuzz about him having arguing for Mehul Choksi. This came as a late realisation to Congress party, which has been condemning the BJP-led Union government for its laxity in the matter.
In his defense, H S Chandramauli said: “As a senior advocate I have fought cases for Yeddyurappa, K G Bopaiah and others, irrespective of which party they belonged to. It is my duty to take up cases without bias. Even in the Mehul Choksi case, I had challenged the court’s decision of carrying out a CID investigation after the B-report was filed. This was my only involvement; does this make me a criminal?,” he asked.
Meanwhile, Chandramouli, who was busy campaigning in Madikeri on Tuesday, was summoned to Bengaluru party office by KPCC president Parameshwar. Chandramouli said: “I have learnt that the party has withheld my ticket and it is because of propagated self-interests of some party workers. However, I am hopeful of convincing the high command.”
He too got vocal about Brijesh Kalappa’s accusations and replied: “He had been a legal advisor to the government in the Cauvery panel. What has he done other than that?” He added that he was given the ticket by the party without any lobbying and he will work for the progress of the party irrespective of how the events turn out to be.