Former civil aviation minister C M Ibrahim and the grandson of former railway minister C K Jaffer Sharief, Rehman Sharief, are among eight persons who won the Congress nod on Monday to contest the May 5 Assembly polls in Karnataka, leaving only two hotly disputed seats undecided ahead of the April 17 deadline for nominations.
In what is seen as a balancing act of the interests of different senior Congress leaders, C M Ibrahim, a loyalist of backward caste leader Siddaramaiah, was given the Bhadravati ticket over two-term Congress MLA B K Sangameshwar who has threatened to contest as an Independent.
Rehman Sharief, a political novice, was given preference for the Hebbal seat in Bangalore over H M Revanna, a Siddaramaiah loyalist.
The Congress on Monday also appeased filmstar and Vokkaliga leader M H Ambareesh by replacing its candidate for the Srirangapatna constituency in south Karnataka after the filmstar threatened to boycott filing his own nomination in Mandya.
A S Ravindra whom Ambareesh has accused of consistently working against Congress candidates in the Gowda heartland has been replaced by a loyalist of the filmstar, S L Lingaraju. A film producer, Munirathna Naidu, and an RSS rebel, Shakunthala Shetty, are among the other candidates preferred in the latest list of eight.