Mangaluru, Mar 16, 2018: A tweet by senior Congressman and the party manifesto committee chairman M. Veerappa Moily raised eyebrows on Thursday. In the tweet, Mr. Moily slammed the process of selection of candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections and came down heavily on the role of money power in politics.
Mr. Moily tweeted, “INC needs to solve money in politics. We can’t afford to have road contractors and their nexus with the state PWD minister determine how candidates are selected for the upcoming assembly elections”. He has tagged AICC president Rahul Gandhi in the tweet, bringing it to his notice.
The tweet takes a pot shot at Karnataka Minister for Public Works, HC Mahadevappa, who is a close associate of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Sources in the Congress say that both HC Mahadevappa and Veerappa Moily want their sons to get tickets to contest the upcoming elections.
Minutes after his father’s tweet, Harsha Moily also posted the exact same statement from his Twitter handle.
“There are some differences as HC Mahadevappa is being backed by Siddaramaiah. The internal surveys had shown that Mahadevappa would lose from T Narasipura. His son, Sunil Bose has been politically active in the constituency since 2016 and the Minister wants his son to contest from there this time. Mahadevappa and Moily are not in good terms because of Mahadevappa’s suggestion that Moily’s son would not be a good candidate,” the source added.
However, Veerappa Moily has denied putting out such a tweet and said, “I don’t know how this happened. Neither me nor my son would speak against the party in a public forum like Twitter. I will delete the Tweet and get to the bottom of how it happened.”
The tweet from Veerappa Moily and Harsha Moily’s Twitter handles have since been deleted.
Interestingly, his son Harsha Moily is a ticket-aspirant for the Assembly elections from the Karkala Assembly segment in coastal Karnataka – Harsha’s twitter handle, until Thursday, seemed to be projecting him as a model of the party that “walks the talk”. He has earlier tried to contest from the party in the Lok Sabha elections to the Dakshina Kannada constituency – but failed to win the experimental ‘primary election’ held to seek popular opinion within the party on whether he would find the backing of party workers. Mahadevappa’s son too is said to be an aspirant.
One of the top aspirants from Karkala, Uday Shetty, said he was far more qualified than Harsha for the ticket to contest from Karkala purely because he had worked far more on the ground for nearly 30 years for the party.