Bengaluru, Oct 04: Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s wife and former MLA Anitha Kumaraswamy is likely to contest the assembly bypoll from Ramanagara constituency as a JD(S) candidate.
The development comes at a time when the dates for the bypoll of two seats—Ramanagaram and Jamkhandi—are expected to be announced shortly. Ramanagaram, a constituency dominated by the Vokkaliga community, has been a bastion of the JD(S). After Kumaraswamy has succeeded from here since 2004, the Gowda family, especially that of Kumaraswamy’s, is unlikely to vacate this seat for anyone else.
Sources said that during the party workers’ meeting in Ramanagara on Wednesday, local leaders urged Kumaraswamy to field Anitha and assured him of working for her victory. In 2008, Anitha Kumaraswamy had won assembly election from Madhugiri in Tumakuru, and in 2012 elections, she lost to CP Yogeshwara in Channapatna. The party workers have also decided to approach JD (S) supremo HD Deve Gowda in this regard.
According to sources, the party has almost taken a decision to field her from the constituency, and a formal decision will be announced soon. In 2008, Anitha Kumaraswamy had won assembly election from Madhugiri in Tumakuru, and in 2012 elections, she lost to CP Yogeshwara in Channapatna.
Sources said Anitha was keen to contest from Channapatna in the last assembly elections. However, the party decided to field Kumaraswamy from both Ramanagara and Channapatna constituencies. He won both the seats, and hence vacated Ramanagara, necessitating bypoll.
In Ramanagara, Kumaraswamy had won with a margin of over 22,000 votes, and it would not be difficult for the party to retain the seat. This time, Congress too will support the JD (S) candidate in Ramanagara.