“AICC president Sonia Gandhi promised a party ticket to a Muslim candidate from Bellary city Assembly constituency when she contested the Lok Sabha elections from here in 1999, but even after 14 years her promise has not turned into reality.
Therefore, we appeal to her to give the ticket to Hothur Mohammed Iqbal,” prominent members of the community led by former Bellary urban development authority chairman Jaheer Ahmed and former Haj Committee chairman Baba told media persons on Friday.
They said Hothur Darvesh Ahmed was chosen as the Congress candidate from Bellary city in 1999, but the then district Congress leaders K C Kondaiah, Allum Veerabhadrappa and Mundloor Diwakar Babu did not favour his candidature. “Today, Darvesh Ahmed is no more, hence we demand the Congress high command to give the ticket to his brother Mohammed Iqbal who is likely to emerge as the consensus candidate among ticket aspirants”, Jaheer Ahmed added.
Though H Abdul Wahab, elder brother of Mohammed Iqbal has been chosen as the candidate for Hospet-Vijayanagar constituency, these leaders argued that Wahab was defeated twice in 1989 and 1994 and therefore could be defeated this year.
The Congress, which was upbeat after regaining power in the city corporation after a decade, seems to be in a fix over selection of a candidate for Bellary (City) constituency. Apart from Hothur Mohammed Iqbal, the other contenders include former minister M. Diwakar Babu, Member of Rajya Sabha Anil Lad, former Member of Parliament K.C. Kondaiah, and president of Bellary City district Congress committee, J.S. Anjaneyalu.