Former prime minister and JDS supremo Deve Gowda filed his nomination on Monday to contest the Tumkur Lok Sabha Constituency as the joint candidate of Congress-JDS alliance. However, sitting Member of Parliament from the constituency SP Muddahanumegowda also filed his nomination as “Congress candidate”.
On Sunday, Karnataka deputy chief minister G Parameshwara had appealed to Muddahanumegowda to follow the “coalition dharma” and support Deve Gowda’s candidature. After filing his nomination, however, Muddahanumegowda said: “I request my leader and JD(S) to reconsider their decision and give me the ticket to contest from Tumkur. I am confident that I will get back the seat.”
Besides Deve Gowda, his two grandsons are also in poll fray for the April-May general elections. Nikhil Kumar, the son of his younger son and chief minister HD Kumarswamy, is contesting from Mandya parliamentary constituency, while Prajwal Gowda, the son of his elder son and Minister of Public Works Department HD Revanna, is fighting from Hassan constituency.
However, like the 85-year-old grandfather the two debutante politicians from the family are also facing rebellion from the alliance partner Congress.
In Hassan, Congress leader A Manju joined the BJP afew days ago and became saffron party’s candidate to fight against Prajwal Gowda.
Manju is claiming the support of his erstwhile party leaders and workers.
Similarly, in Mandya, Sumalatha Ambareesh, the wife of former Congress leader (and a three-time MP from the constituency) late Ambareesh, has entered the poll fray as an Independent candidate. She is said to be eliciting a lot of support from Congress’s rank and file.
The development is seen as Congress’s revolt against an effort to turn these constituencies as family bastions by Deve Gowda and his descendants.