Congress stays off Mandya, Sumalatha still undecided

Congress stays off Mandya, Sumalatha still undecided

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Bengaluru/Hubballi: Leaving Sumalatha Ambareesh in lurch, Congress had decided that the Mandya Lok Sabha seat will go for JD(S).

Congress leader Siddaramaiah had opened his mind a couple of days back that the Mandya seat will be contested by the JD(S) under the coalition arrangement. Now Sumalatha has two ways in front of her-either contest as an independent or contest with the backing of BJP.

The BJP, which has about 2 lakh votes in this region, becomes an important player, especially for Sumalatha, who could gain from it. While Chief Minister Kumaraswamy and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda have already declared that Nikhil is the party’s official candidate, this will leave little room for Sumalatha to manoeuvre who had been pinning hopes of contesting on a Congress ticket. Siddaramaiah told reporters in Hubballi that Congress will not claim the Mandya parliamentary seat, currently represented by JD(S), and hence the question of fielding Sumalatha does not arise.

At the beginning Sumalatha was undecided to get into a political battle. But now, a different Sumalatha, who is adamant to contest for Madya people, has already emerged.

Political analysts generally think that Sumalatha who is contesting after her popular husband Ambareesh’s untimely demise, could get her share of sympathy votes.

During a media query about her future action, Sumalatha said: “I will speak to (late) Ambareesh’s supporters and weigh all my options before I take a decision. I’m cool about it, not planning or plotting anything.’’

If Sumalatha, actor-turned-politician, wants to contest the Mandya constituency will witness a must-watch electoral battle. (UNI)