"The Congress had done nothing in 10 years when it was in power. Pointing fingers at others but protecting people who do the same - this is the Congress' character". It has now been allotted to his son Yatindra.
Paswan was a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government after winning the Nawada Lok Sabha seat, but he went into political wilderness after 2005 as he quit the saffron party and remained in different parties till three years back when he re-joined the BJP. Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy will contest the polls from BTM Layout and his daughter Soumya R from the Jayanagara Assembly constituency (Bengaluru).
Out of the total candidates, 52 are OBCs, 48 and 39 from the Lingayat and the Vokalliga communities respectively, 36 from the Schedule Castes (SC) and 17 from Schedule Tribes (STs), party source said. Mahadevappa, who wanted to contest from another seat, will now have to contest from T Narsipurelection: 15 women in Congress list. In 2013, the party had given tickets to 19 Muslim candidates. Youths were given preference.
He said he and his mother were struggling to come to terms with their unfathomable loss and hence would not like to contest. He said once the films are completed he will be able spare time for the party.
Rebellion has erupted in many constituencies as sitting MLAs and strong aspirants vented their ire on being denied a ticket.
Meanwhile, BJP is also on an outreach mission to woo the dalits. The AP Congress Committee has staged several programmes on the special category status issue, but Chiranjeevi has not been present at any of them.
The party is yet to announce its candidates for the Sindagi, Kittur, Nagathana, Melukote, Raichur and Shantinagar assembly seats. B Suresh Siddhaiah, B Manjugowda and A L Pushpa.
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