Bengaluru, Mar 12: Strongly defending his decision to introduce his son Nikhil to politics as Janata Dal (S) candidate from party bastion Mandya, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said on Tuesday that he was not the first person who had set such trend to project a family member in the State and the electoral history will speak for itself.
Speaking to newsmen here on today Mr Kumaraswamy said there were several other examples wherein several political leaders mentored and introduced their sons and siblings into Politics, beyond their home districts.
In a hard hitting statement, he cited the example of the State BJP president B S Yeddyurappa, born in Mandya district, but found his political origins in Shivamogga district, he said that "Even-though I was born in Hassan district, I have my strong bond with the people of the Mandya district".
The other BJP leader, D V Sadananda Gouda, was got elected from Bengaluru North Lok Sabha seat, despite hailed from Coastal district, Mangaluru. he added.
Defending his decision to field his son Nikhil for the coming Lok Sabha elections from Mandya seat, he said that "Nikhil has shown interest to contest from Mandya, as per the wishes of the voters in the district". (UNI)