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BANGALORE, MARCH 25: It is a party which is more than a century old and has too many ‘heavy weights’. And, naturally the high command is under too much pressure to accommodate every senior leader’s wish list while choosing candidates for the Lok Sabha constituencies.

Congress sources said a good number of senior leaders have been trying to get their names included or trying to get their followers’ name included in the list which has to get the final approval by Sonia Gandhi.

The new names which have been reportedly included over the last few days are - Arathi Krishna, Community Development Officer, US Embassy, Washington for Udupi-Chikmagalur, Jayaprakash Hegde, former minister for Udupi-Chikmagalur, Prof Rajiv Gowda (Bangalore South), former minister Margret Alva (Karwar), Kodandaramaiah (Tumkur), Jayaram Reddy, a realtor, K C Ramamurthy, former IPS officer, Vasanti Shivanna, Prof B K Chandrashekar, Ramesh Kumar and T V Maruthi (all for Bangalore South).

Sources said that former CM Veerappa Moily’s name has been included in the panel of names for both Chikkaballapur and Mangalore constituencies, Vinay Kumar Sorake (Udupi-Chikmagalur), C K Jaffer Sharief has been reportedly replaced by H T Sangliana for Bangalore Central.

Party sources said if Moily contests from Chikkaballapur, the JD(S) will field Bhavani, wife of H D Revanna. But the JD(S) has been denying any such move. “Some of the seniors are just using their clout to include their names or their associates’ names, in the list. The list had been approved by the State poll panel,” a senior leader said.

Source: Deccan Herald

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