Only performers to be allowed to contest KYC polls

The Karnataka Youth Congress (KYC) has decided to allow only those leaders who have performed well in the party to contest its upcoming elections.

Indian Youth Congress (IYC) will soon announce what is called “performers’ list.” Candidates may contest for the post of state and district youth Congress president only if their names figure in the list. The move is aimed at promoting those who are actively involved in the party organisational work. The party commenced the process for conducting the elections on Tuesday.

As per procedure, those who have already worked as office-bearers of district and state units are eligible to contest for the post of president. Starting this year, IYC has asked all officer-bearers to send a power point presentation of work done by them to strengthen the party. The performers’ list will be prepared based on their work.

The elections are scheduled to be held on May 13. KYC has a total of 4.59 lakh voters. The term of existing officer-bearers ended on Tuesday. MLC Rizwan Arshad was the KYC president till now. Bhupendra Singh, the returning officer for the polls, started the membership scrutiny on Tuesday. The elections to KYC are being held after a delay of one year.

Children of cabinet ministers and senior leaders are among the aspirants to contest the elections. Mantar Gowda, son of Animal Husbandry Minister A Manju, is planning to contest for the post of KYC president, while Sowmya Reddy, daughter of Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy, wants to contest for the post of Bengaluru city Youth Congress committee president, sources said.

Former minister B Shivaram’s son Rakshit is also aspiring to become Bengaluru Youth Congress president. Basanagouda Badarli, Pushpa, Amrut Gowda, Umesh Bore Gowda and Kemparaju are among other Youth Congress leaders aspiring to contest for the post of KYC president, the sources added.


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