In the first list of 218 candidates for the 224 seats released by the ruling party on Sunday, 103 of the 122 sitting MLAs have been given the tickets, i.e. 84 percent of the sitting MLAs of the Congress got a ticket for re-election.
Surprisingly, this included many ministers who were dropped from the cabinet in 2016, because of their non-performance.
And it was not only non-competence that was overlooked. HY Meti, who was embroiled in an alleged sex tape controversy, and KJ George, minister for Bengaluru development, who was booked by the CBI for alleged abetment of a police officer’s suicide, have been given tickets.
Other senior Congress leaders in the list include Kagodu Thimmappa, DK Shivakumar, Ramalinga Reddy, MB Patil, Roshan Baig, HC Mahadevappa, HK Patil, UT Khader, Umashree, B Ramanath Rai, TB Jayachandra, RV Deshpande, KR Ramesh Kumar, HM Revanna, Krishna Byre Gowda, Priyank Kharge, Speaker KB Koliwad, former minister MH Ambareesh, and Congress working presidents Dinesh Gundu Rao and SR Patil.