LS polls 2014: BJP, Cong to decide Bangalore North, Central candidates

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Bangalore, Jan 15: After almost finalising the candidates for the Bangalore South Lok Sabha seat- UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani and sitting MP H N Ananth Kumar, the Congress and the BJP are struggling to finalise the candidates for Bangalore North and Central.

According to a news report, following is the present status of both Congress and BJP for the Bangalore North and Bangalore Central for the Lok Sabha elections 2014:

Bangalore North

BJP: The BJP is considering replacing sitting MP D B Chandre Gowda. At a recent meeting, the BJP finalized two names- former deputy CM R Ashoka and Malleswaram MLA C N Ashwathnarayan.

However, R Ashoka, who is an MLA from Padmanabhanagar told the newspaper on Tuesday that "he is in two minds about entering the Lok Sabha fray and may ultimately withdraw".

C N Ashwathnarayan and I are in the fray. The party will decide who should contest and we'll abide by that decision," he said.

BJP's R Ashoka is in two minds about entering the Lok Sabha fray.

Congress: The Congress has too many probables from Bangalore North. It has shortlisted three candidatures- party functionary Ramesh G Gowda, former legislative council chairman BL Shankar and IIM-Bangalore professor Rajeev Gowda.

Inspired by Chandre Gowda, who came from Chikamagalur and won from Bangalore North in 2009, Shankar, who also hails from Chikmagalur, wants to try his luck.

Bangalore Central

BJP: The BJP doesn't have the headache of selecting a candidate for Bangalore Central as it has a sitting MP in PC Mohan.

Congress: The Congress' problem is that it has too many aspirants. The party's local election committee has shortlisted three names -- former MPs H T Sangliana and C K Jaffer Sharief and youth Congress president Rizwan Arshad, who won a second term recently.

Sangliana is a former BJP MP who switched sides to the Congress during the vote on the Indo-US nuclear deal in 2009.

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