The AICC's central screening committee, which met at Delhi on Thursday to finalise party candidates for Karnataka, debated minority Muslim leaders' demand for more seats in Lok Sabha elections.
With the party coming to power in the state after a gap of over nine years, with the support of Muslims, community leaders are demanding more tickets this time, a senior party leader told Express.
“The leaders are demanding one seat each in all four revenue divisions — Mysore, Belgaum, Gulbarga and Bangalore,” he said.
The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee's (KPCC) election panel has recommended the party high command to give two seats to Muslims and one to a Christian candidate under the minorities quota, another source said.
‘Selection Process Almost Done’
The AICC’s central screening committee has nearly completed its selection process, KPCC president G Parameshwara said.
The committee, headed by Vayalar Ravi, considered factors, including new faces, youth, women and experience, while choosing candidates for Lok Sabha elections.
Refusing to divulge more details, Parameshwara said AICC General Secretary and party in-charge (Karnataka) Digvijay Singh will present the list to party supremo Sonia Gandhi on February 17.
The KPCC president did not rule out ‘springing a few surprises’ when the list is announced.