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According to sources in the District Congress Committee, among the aspirants for party ticket are S.M. Anand, B.V. Kari Gowda, B.K. Rangaswamy, A.G. Hari Gopal and K.B. Chandru.
Among the five, it is being said in party circles that Mr. Anand, who is close to the district in-charge and Revenue Minister, H.C. Srikantaiah, and the MP, G. Puttaswamy Gowda, has a "fair chance" of getting party ticket.
Mr. Anand, who is a lawyer, was the Chairman of the Hassan Urban Development Authority (HUDA). He was defeated in the parliamentary election in 1995 by Y.N. Rudresh Gowda. He headed the District Congress Committee for some time.
Interestingly, Mr. Kari Gowda, who will vacate his Council seat, got elected to the Legislative Council from the Janata Dal but has now identified himself with the Congress. Recently, he came out openly against the former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda, on the latter's statement on the eating habits of the Vokkaligas and Lingayats.
Mr. Kari Gowda, who represented the Hassan Assembly constituency on two occasions on the Janata Dal ticket, headed the Hassan Milk Union. He left the Janata Dal(S) reportedly because of his differences with Mr. Deve Gowda and H.D. Revanna. It is said that the Congress has promised him ticket this time.
Mr. Rangaswamy is the former Chairman of the Hassan Urban Development Authority, and Mr. Hari Gopal is the General Secretary of the District Congress Committee. He was the President of the district unit of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat.
However, addressing a press conference recently, Mr. Puttaswamy Gowda said the party would take a decision after the Janata Dal(S) decided its choice for the election.
Four candidates, including senior leader, Patel Shivaram, are being considered in the Janata Dal(S) camp for the election. Mr. Shivaram, who is the President of the district unit of the party, is trying for ticket.
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