Bengaluru, Apr 4 : Sumalatha, widow of former Karnataka Minister M H Ambareesh, today promised to remain in the midst of the people in Mandya and work for their welfare, if elected in the April-18 elections from the Mandya Lok Sabha.
Speaking at an interaction with the media persons, organised by the Press Club Bengaluru here on Thursday, Sumalatha, an independent candidate, supported by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Raitha Sangha, said that "I am in the politics, thanks to the pressure mounted by the people of Mandya, who had earlier showered love and affection on my husband."
Charging that the JD(S) leaders, are indulged in various kind of atrocities against Congress leaders who are opposing and supporting her, she alleged that "it was even witnessed in the release of funds by the state government. Pockets identified as Congress supporters is suffering from fund crunch".
Maintaining that the love and support being offered by the people of the Mandya is immense, Sumalatha, who is facing stiff fight from the JD(S) candidate Nikhil, son of the Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, said that "the JD(S) had offered me a nomination to the State Legislative Council and the Rajya Sabha seat from the Congress. But I did not succumb". Stating that the people of the Mandya district are a bit of emotional and appealed me not to desist from entering the politics, Sumalatha said that "my husband Ambhareesh had all capabilities to become the Chief Minister".
"I am immensely bonded to the people of Mandya district, who had showered a deep love and respect to me" she added.
In reply to her support in the future, she said that "I will extend my co-operation who would strive hard for the welfare of the people of the Mandya district".
Referring to several film personalities including Darshan and Yash, campaigning for her, she said that "all those who are with me, not because they were in Films but because of family bonding".
About the unsavory statement made by the sitting of the Mandya Lok Sabha member L R Shivaramegowda targeting her, she said that "it was an outburst due to frustration and need not to give any importance to it". (UNI)