The Mandya Lok Sabha constituency in southern Karnataka is all set to witness a direct fight between chief minister Kumarswamy’s son Nikhil Kumarswamy and Rebel Star late Ambreesh’s wife Sumalatha as the BJP has reportedly decided not to field its candidate against the latter.
After the Congress-JDS alliance left the seat to JDS, Sumalatha has decided to contest as an Independent. She has been already riding on a sympathy wave, garnering support from all quarters cutting across party lines, on account of her husband’s death in November last.
Reports said the BJP, with little chance to win the seat, wants to ensure JDS candidate’s defeat by throwing its weight behind Sumalatha Ambareesh.
At the same time, JDS supremo Deve Gowda on Thursday launched his grandson Nikhil Kumaraswamy with an emotional pitch in Mandya.
He said Nikhil’s entry into politics was necessitated by the health condition of his father and chief minister HD Kumaraswamy. “When my son had open heart surgery for the second time, my grandson was in the film industry. Looking at the health condition of his father Nikhil decided to help him and serve the party,” Deve Gowda said.
On Wednesday, the octogenarian leader had shed tears while launching his other grandson Prajwal in Hassan Lok Sabha, setting off a series of sarcastic jokes on social media platforms.