The Congress’s Central Election Committee headed by party president Sonia Gandhi, which met in Delhi on Monday, failed to shortlist nominees to be fielded from Karnataka for the coming Lok Sabha elections.
According to party sources, the committee had a debate on the processes that the central screening panel would use to arrive at the party’s list of nominees.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the committee went through the list prepared by the screening panel, which was chaired by Union Minister Vayalar Ravi.
While stating that no decision on finalising nominees was taken, Siddaramaiah said the committee would hold another meeting for the purpose.
Earlier, the AICC’s central screening committee had held a couple of meetings to finalise the party’s list of probables and had reportedly recommended renomination of all nine sitting MPs, including three Union ministers-Mallikarjuna Kharge, K H Muniyappa and Veerappa Moily.
The committee had also recommended the name of Nandan Nilakeni, the chief of the Unique Identification Authority of India, for the prestigious Bangalore South Constituency.
The AICC had decided to shortlist nominees for the Bangalore North and Mangalore Lok Sabha seats through ballot wherein the party’s office bearers at the block and district levels as well as heads of different cells of the organisation would participate.
Among other things, Monday’s meeting took stock of the overall political situation prevailing in the country and the Congress’s preparedness to face the Lok Sabha elections.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Dr G Parameshwara, Siddaramaiah, AICC general secretary and party in-charge for Karnataka, Digvijay Singh, and other leaders were present at the meeting, which was held at the residence of Sonia Gandhi.