According to Congress General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, who released the list in the national capital, the candidates were selected by the party's Central Election Committee from the names its screening committee recommended after a two-day meeting in New Delhi on April 9-10.
The JDS candidate from Chamundeshwari, Mr G T Devegowda, lends credence to the argument as he is making a determined bid to wrest the seat from the Congress.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on April 8 had declared its first list of 72 nominees that included its chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa, and senior leaders K S Eshwarappa and Jagadish Shettar.
This comes after the Congress workers vandalised the party office in Mandya to protest against the distribution of tickets for the upcoming elections. Karnataka election for 224 Assembly seats is set to take place on May 12 and counting of votes is scheduled for May 15. They expressed their unhappiness over tickets given to JD (S) rebel legislators and some independents.
The BJP leader said that those who follow Indian politics are remembering the 2013 Congress's Jaipur convention where then party President Sonia Gandhi, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi were sitting on the dias. "They are given tickets based on their performance", said Gowda. The party has said process of selection was based on winnability and this was anticipated. Halappa had been trying for a Congress ticket till recently but moved back to the BJP after he was refused Sagar seat, held by veteran Kagodu Thimappa.
In the 2013 Assembly elections, the party fielded eight women though only one - Shashikala Jolle from Nippani won.
Rebellion, in fact, began brewing in the party ranks even as the list was made public, with several aspirants hitting the road in open defiance of the leadership across the state.
He added that the people of the country would teach the Congress a "proper lesson".
The All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has seven members in the Telangana Legislative Assembly.
Patra also raked up several comments by Congress leaders and a United States diplomatic cable which had allegedly quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying that radicalised Hindu groups posed a bigger danger to the country.