BENGALURU: The Congress has put its pick for the Madikeri seat on hold after it realised that its nominee HS Chandramouli, who is an advocate, had argued on behalf of Mehul Choksi, a key accused in the Punjab National Bank fraud case. This has come as a shocker to the party as it has been condemning the BJP-led Union government for its laxity in the matter.
In his defence, Chandramouli said, “As a senior advocate I have fought cases for B S 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.
Chandramouli, who was busy campaigning at Madikeri on Tuesday, was summoned to Bengaluru party office by KPCC president G Parameshwara. 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.”
Chandramouli got vocal about AICC spokesperson Brijesh Kalappa’s remarks. In a Facebook post, Brijesh Kalappa regretted the party choosing Chandramauli who had joined Congress just two years back and has also lost an MLC election within that period. “I will try for Gram Panchayat next time,” he had posted.
Chandramauli replied, “Brijesh Kalappa had been a legal advisor to the government in the Cauvery panel. What has he done other than taking money?”
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. Congress is facing rebel trouble in many constituenices in the state.
In Jagaluru, the decision to give the ticket to A L Pushpa has come under attack as Rajesh, who missed the ticket is being seen as a better choice. The party is said to be reconsidering after similar feedback from party workers in the constituency.
BJP faces rebel heat
BJP is facing a serious problem of rebellion from aspirants who failed to make the cut. Former minister Sogadu Shivanna, who failed to get the ticket from Tumakuru City held a meeting with his supporters on Tuesday. While his supporters are keen to see him enter the fray as a rebel, Shashil Namoshi, former MLC from Kalaburagi was in tears as he could not clinch the ticket. Supporters of Beluru Gopalakrishna protested in Sagar constituency of Shivamogga as the ticket was given to Halappa. Ex-BJP MLA from Chickpet, Hemachandra Sagar has decided to join JD(S) after BJP ticket was given to Uday Garudachar.