After months of speculation, the JD(S) has finally made it clear that Kumaraswamy's son and actor, Nikhil Gowda, will contest from Mandya in the coming Lok Sabha polls.
Nikhil Gowda himself on Monday said to media that party's national president and state leaders have decided to give me a ticket to contest from the Mandya Lok Sabha segment. He also said that the Congress and the seniors in both parties have decided to support me.
When questioned about him going up against actor Sumalatha, Nikhil Gowda said that he has the utmost respect for her and her husband and the late Congress leader Ambareesh.
Over the last few months, since speculation of Nikhil's entry to politics began, there have also been allegations that Nikhil is an outsider of Mandya. The JD(S) first family, which is primarily from Hassan district, wants to spread the presence of their party in other parts of Old Mysuru, including Mandya, to ensure a win for the party in these districts.
On Sunday, JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda told reports in Mangaluru that it was not wrong for anyone to want to contest polls. Deve Gowda conceded that he was considering offering the ticket to Nikhil Gowda and that he has been a ticket aspirant for a while.
“He (Nikhil) did not say he wants to contest. But people there (Mandya) want him to," Deve Gowda said.