A ‘fake’ list of Congress candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka is being circulated on social media. Soon after the list began to attract heat, the Congress party came out with a clarification and said that it was a “fake press release and AICC has not issued anything regarding this”.
“A fake press release from AICC regarding the names of Congress candidates for the legislative assembly election Karnataka is being circulated in social media,” said AICC General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka K.C. Venugopal, in a statement.
“I would like to clarify that this is a fake press release and AICC has not issued any press release regarding this,” he added.
Ahead of the Karnataka polls, the Congress on Tuesday held a meeting of its screening committee and discussed the possible candidates for the May 12 polls, a party leader said in New Delhi.
The screening committee will recommend the candidates to the party’s central election committee chaired by Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Venugopal also said: “Now, the screening committee meetings are going on and any list regarding the same will be released only after the Central Election Committee meeting.”
“Until now no CEC meeting has happened regarding the Karnataka Assembly Election,” he added.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also rubbished the list being circulated on social media and tweeted: “I am told a list of Congress candidates for Karnataka Election is under circulation. The AICC has not approved the list of candidates yet. The “list” under circulation is fake. It has been done to create confusion.”
“Please don’t patronise products of the fake news factory,” he added.
(With agency inputs)