Mandya, Mar 21 : Worried over the active participation of the Congress leaders and workers at the yesterday's Cine Actor, Sumalatha's election meeting, ‘trouble shooter’ in the JD(S)-Congress government's coalition government D K Shivakumar, met some of the Congress leaders in Mandya on Thursday and tried to prepare the party leaders to support JD(S) candidate Nikhil Kumaraswamy.
The Congress leader met former MLAs Cheluvanarayana Swamy, Ravindra Srikantaiah, Aathmananda and others and tried to explain the political compulsions, which had forced the Congress party to concede the Mandya Lok Sabha seat to its coalition partner JD(S), where it had a sitting LS member.
The local Congress leaders, assured to follow the coalition-dharma, and work for the success of the JD(S) in April-18 Lok Sabha elections in Mandya, Mr Shivakumar claimed with the newsmen at Mandya.
Meanwhile, Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, has denied that JD(S) leaders had ignored the Local Congress leaders in Mandya or in Hassan, the two seats held by the party.
Informing that JD(S) leaders, had met personally several Congress leaders including Aathmananda, Cheluvanarayana Swamy, G Madegowda and others, he said that "One should understand that there are no permanent friends and foes in the politics".
He also informed that the his son and JD(S)-Congress combine candidate Nikhil Kumaraswamy will file his nomination papers to contest the Mandya Lok Sabha seat on Monday.
A public meeting also will be held immediately after filing the nomination papers by the JD(S) candidate, he said. (UNI)