Bangalore: The State unit of the Congress is planning to make a Christian, a Kannada actor and a Kannada writer members of the Legislative Council.
Christian leaders were unhappy with the party not giving a ticket to the community to contest the parliamentary elections in the State.
Hence, the State party wants to pacify the community by making one of its leaders an MLC.
Names of Nivedit Alva, son of Margaret Alva, and Ivan D’Souza are doing the rounds.
Alva is learnt to have met Digvijay Singh, AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka, in Bangalore on Friday.
He had aspired to contest as the party candidate from Uttara Kannada parliamentary constituency, but the party fielded Prashant Deshpande, son of Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande.
Another community leader to be denied ticket was H T Sangliana from Bangalore Central constituency.
Of the seven seats for which MLAs will be the voters, the ruling Congress can win at least four.
Also, it can nominate three members to the Upper House. Singh has asked KPCC chief G Parameshwara and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to come to Delhi on June 4 with a list of probable candidates. Elections are scheduled on June 20.
The names of actors Bhavana and Jayamala are making the rounds for the nomination. Jayamala is associated with the Congress for many years.
Bhavana is also lobbying to become an MLC.
There is also a thinking to nominate one of the actors to the Upper House, instead of taking the election route.
At the same time, former minister Rani Satish is said to be lobbying for a Council seat, saying that a woman should get representation.
The State party women’s unit president Manjula Naidu is also an aspirant. Names of businessman K P Nanjundi and writers S G Siddaramaiah, K Marulasiddappa are being considered for the nominations, sources said.
Former minister H M Revanna, who is a close aide of Siddaramaiah and belongs to Kuruba community, is eyeing a Council seat.
Another person belonging to the community aspiring to enter the Upper House is former Bangalore mayor Ramachandrappa.
The Council currently has two members belonging to Kuruba community. Another Congress leader who is close to Siddaramaiah and trying hard to become a legislator is Ravishankar Shetty.
But Siddaramaiah, sources said, has not assured any of them on their election.