"Compared to BJP, we will have less rebellion". Congress is expected to repose its faith in most sitting legislators. He said that the community members remained firmly behind BJP and "only one or two swami jis" seem to have said such a thing.
"If Siddaramaiah contests from north Karnataka, the party will be strengthened and Congress will win 50 seats".
The BJP on Sunday released the first list of 72 candidates who will be contesting the high stakes state assembly polls in Karnataka.
The screening committee has already submitted its report to the Congress Working Committee, Congress spokesperson Prof K E Radhakrishna said.
Party chief Amit Shah, its chief ministerial candidate, B S Yeddyurappa, and other key leaders of the party held marathon meetings on Friday and Saturday last week.
Veteran state leaders Jagadish Shettar and KS Eswarappa will contest from Hubli Dharwad Central and Shimoga Assembly seats, respectively, it said.
According to sources, the party is cautious about the prospects of by-polls to the Lok Sabha seats especially after its debacle in the Uttar Pradesh by-elections.
Among the candidates are numerous party's 48 sitting or outgoing legislators from the state's northern, central and southern region, including Bengaluru, which has 28 assembly constituencies.