Karnataka Congress ticket tussle: Siddaramaiah yet to decide on seat; KH Muniyappa eyes Devanahalli amid… – News9 LIVE

Karnataka Congress leaders KH Muniyappa and Siddaramaiah.
Amid pressure from the ticket aspirants, the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president DK Shivakumar has extended the deadline to submit applications seeking party tickets for the upcoming Assembly elections till November 21.
Earlier, Shivakumar had asked ticket aspirants to submit their applications between November 5-15.
So far, over 1,100 applications have been taken by paying Rs 5,000 each and out of which 945 have been submitted with a demand draft of Rs 2 lakh for the general category and Rs 1 lakh for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe aspirants.
According to Congress sources, the high fee has been mandated to ensure only serious candidates submit applications.
So far, Congress has collected Rs 55 lakh from 1,100 applications. The party has also got around Rs 20 crore in the form of Demand Drafts.
On Tuesday, Shivakumar also submitted his application seeking a ticket from Kanakapura constituency in Ramanagara district.
Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah, however, is yet to submit his application. The KPCC president has mandated all aspirants seeking tickets to submit their applications.
Siddaramaiah who is yet to finalise his constituency recently visited Kolar and interacted with party workers and supporters in an attempt to understand the mood of the people. The CLP leader had said that he is unlikely to contest from Badami as it is far from Bengaluru.
KH Muniyappa to contest from Devanahalli?
According to Congress sources, veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister KH Muniyappa has reportedly got an application from the Devanahalli constituency from his supporters.
The senior leader is said to have expressed his interest to contest from Devanahalli and is said to have held several meetings with his supporters.
Meanwhile, a total of 15 ticket aspirants have already submitted their applications seeking tickets from Devanahalli.
The local leaders are said to have expressed their opposition to Muniyappa’s candidature from Devenahalli and demanded the ticket for one of the local leaders.
Reacting to the speculations, Muniyappa said, high command will take a decision on the constituency.
“My supporters are asking me to contest from Devanahalli for the past 1 year. I will follow the orders of high command. If they ask me to contest, I will,” Muniyappa said.
Currently, Janata Dal (Secular) leader LN Narayanaswamy is the MLA from Devanahalli.
Muniyappa, a 7-time former MP from the Kolar constituency was upset with the party after some of his opponents in the district were inducted into the party without informing him. Senior leaders G Parameshwara and BK Hariprasad met the 74-year-old leader after which he took part in ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.
(With TV9 Kannada inputs)
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