Tag: Mandya Lok Sabha seat

Sumalatha fears slanderous campaign to defame her

Sumalatha Ambareesh

Are the opponents of Sumalatha Ambareesh, an Independent candidate from Mandya Lok Sabha constituency, planning to launch a social media campaign to defame her and her family ahead of the polling date on April 18? The wife of late Ambareesh made this stunning allegation on Tuesday.

Speaking to the media, Sumalatha said two aides of Ambareesh had been offered money, residential plot in Bengaluru and a foreign trip in lieu of defamatory statement against her family. The aides were told not to fear the consequence after making the statement (on social media) as they would be immediately sent abroad on a trip.

“A senior JDS leader has revealed to me that the campaign would be launched in big way on social media. The staff in my house are being approached and offered Rs 10-15 lakh for badmouthing my family. They are promising foreign trip, site in Bengaluru and what not,” she said.

Sumalatha’s husband, late Ambareesh, who was a super star of Kannada movies, had represented Mandya constituency thrice in Parliament. She is expected to benefit from the huge popularity he enjoyed in the region, though she is pitted against, Nikhil Kumar, the son of chief minister HD Kumarswamy in the poll battle.

Interestingly, her allegation is an eerie reminder of the hoopla created by a “MeToo” tweet against Bengaluru South Lok Sabah candidate Tejasvi Surya. The woman deactivated her Twitter account immediately after putting out a cheating allegation against the 28-year-old BJP leader. But the damage was done as her tweet was re-tweeted multiple times forcing the mainstream media take note it. Eventually, Tejasvi Surya approached the court and secured an injunction that barred media outlets to carry defamatory stories against him.

Are Sumalatha’s opponents trying to do a “Tejasvi Surya” on her?

4 Sumalathas, 3 Rahul Gandhis in poll fray

Sumalatha Ambareesh

Political parties are known to possess every trick in the book to win elections. From legal allurement in their manifestos to illegal distribution of cash, liquor, and other freebees to woo voters they also come up with ingenious ways to confuse them in the polling booth.

The Mandya Lok Sabah constituency in Karnataka is a case in point. Here, Independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh is locked in a high profile contest with chief minister Kumarswamy’s son Nikhil Kumarswamy. However, three more women, who are her namesakes, have been fielded in the poll fray.

Sumalatha M, Sumalatha, and Sumalatha P are reportedly dummy candidates, picked to confuse voters. For, none of these namesakes have hit the campaign trail. But they are to stay on the ballot, flanking the main contest. It is said the namesakes were also made to dress like Sumalatha Amareesh, including wearing spectacles, for their photos on the EVM. Mandya goes for vote on April 18.

Apparently, a similar trick is adopted in another high profile constituency, Wayanad in Kerala, where Congress president Rahul Gandhi is contesting.  According to The New Indian Express, the final list of candidates includes three Rahul Gandhis. Other than the Congress president, there are Rahul Gandhi KE and Rahul Gandhi K.

There is also a fourth person, KM Shivaprasad Gandhi. It is not yet known if these namesakes don Rahul Gandhi’s look as well in their photo on the EVM. Waynad goes to poll on April 23.