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Delay in finalising list makes Congressmen restive

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, MARCH 28. Tension is mounting in Congress circles following the delay in the finalisation of the list of candidates for the 224 Assembly constituencies in the State. Protests by those who have lost the race for the Congress nomination have been reported in Bangalore and several other places. Rumour mills are also active in the absence of official information from the All India Congress Committee or the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.

There are strong indications that the Congress list will be released in New Delhi on Monday.

However, sources in the Pradesh Congress Committee maintain that there is no delay and point out that the PCC president, Janardhana Poojary, has stated that the list of candidates will be announced by tomorrow.

However, reports reaching here from New Delhi say that objections raised by some of the leaders and also disputes over the selection of candidates are delaying the finalisation.

But some of the Ministers and members of the dissolved Assembly who have received information about their nomination from their leaders, who are members of the PCC Election Committee, have decided to go ahead with the filing of their nomination papers.

The Social Welfare Minister, A. Krishnappa, might become the first Minister to file the nomination papers. He will be doing so at the Krishnarajapuram taluk office in the city on Monday. The former MLA, V. Somanna, is filing his nomination papers for the Binnypet Assembly constituency the same day. In Raichur district, two members of the dissolved Assembly, Boseraju and Hampanagouda Badarli (new entrant from the All India Progressive Janata Dal), and the former Minister, Basavaraj Patil Anwari, have filed their nomination papers.

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