Mandya, Apr 5: Former Prime Minister and JDS Supremo H D Devegowda today admitted that it will not be a cake walk for his grand son Nikhil Kumraswamy who is testing his political fortune by contesting for Mandya seat to enter Lok Sabha.
"It will not be a easy task to achieve since coalition partner Congress leaders are not supporting his candidature and largely favouring Sumalatha Ambreesh, who is contesting as Independent candidate and has support of BJP, which has not fielded its candidate mainly to divide the coalition partners", he added. He alleged that many leaders of Congress want to embras Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. The situation has gone to extreme. Even former Chief Minister and Coordination Committee Chairman Siddaramaiah can't resolve it now."
Gowda, participating in a series of election rally in K R Pet in Mandya constituency, said that many leaders have strayed away from campaigning. "We won't go to their doorstep, but we will go to the people. They are the family and friend to us," he added.
Taking strong exception to Sumalatha who has got support from film stars including Darshan and Yesh, Gowda said that there's no bigger actor than late Rajkumar. "In fact we wanted him to contest from Chikamagaluru before former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi contested and won, but he (Rajkumar) refused to contest. Mandya voters have elected actors several times, but how much it has benefited the Mandya District, we must think about this also".
At Srirangapatna, Gowda said "My respect for the Congress hasn't reduced despite me losing the PM's chair. But I'm pained looking at the current developments". Underlining that he was not in favour of Nikhil's candidature, he said that all the eight JD(S) legislators mounted pressure that he should be fielded, Gowda said Kumaraswamy's opponents have ganged up against him, but they won't succeed". Meanwhile, Congress workers in the Indavalu village in Mandya taluk openly declared their support to Sumalatha. They said they would wave the Congress flag for her victory. (UNI)