Mangalore: Harsha out, but Congress primary still a Moily vs Poojary battle?
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore
Mangalore, Mar 8: With less than a day left for the all-important Congress primary that would decide the party's candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, political rumble within the district Congress seems to be escalating as rejected candidate Harsha Moily is said to have joined hands with ticket aspirant Kanachur Monu to battle down former union minister and Congress contestant Janardhan Poojary.
The party's primary election is scheduled to be held on Sunday March 9 at Rosario.
Sources close to district Congress speaking to daijiworld said before Moily's nomination was rejected, Monu had filed the nomination for the election as a 'dummy candidate' to spilt the votes, reportedly under the direction of senior Moily. Sources said that the Moily camp has formulated a 'plan' to spoil Poojary's chances, by taking meticulous care to see that Poojary gets less than 51 percent of the votes, and also by presenting an argument on his 'poor performance' before the AICC and thereby seek a replacement.
On the other hand, it is said that Poojary who has a strong foothold in the AICC reportedly played a prime role in the rejection of junior Moily's nomination. This further fuelled the Moily camp's determination to work vociferously against Poojary, sources said. Moily is currently backing up Monu and putting in immense efforts to defeat the former union minister, it is learnt.
Sources also revealed that in the last parliamentary elections Poojary was decimated because of a 'conspiracy' by the Moily camp. This time too, team Moily is said to be allegedly planning a veiled campaign against Poojary if the latter is able to emerge victorious in the internal elections, sources said.