Cong to release second list of candidates next week

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Bangalore, Apr 21 (UNI) After finalising the first list of 89 candidates for the first phase of the Karnataka Assembly elections scheduled for May 10, the AICC has decided to release its second list for the second and third phases of the polls next week.

Sources at the Congress Central Committee on Election told UNI that it would meet again on April 26 and finalise the list for the remaining 155 seats.

The Committee, which had finalised the first list, was forced to effect last minute changes owing to pressure to accommodate actor-turned-politician Jaggesh (Koratagere). The names of former Ministers V Somanna (Govindaraja Nagar) and H M Revanna (Hebbal), Ms Renuka Rajendran (Chicknayakanahalli), former Bangalore Mayor P R Ramesh (Chickpet) and Krishnappa (Vijayanagar) were also included.

It may be recalled that the Congress had reviewed its first list of nominees, following protests from partymen who failed to get party tickets in Mandya, Mysore, Tumkur, Hassan and Bangalore Urban districts.

KPCC Secretary and actor Jaggesh, whose name was missing in the first list cleared by the CCE had launched a strong protest and threatened to contest from Turuvekere as Independent candidate.

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