Bengaluru, May 3: The KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao has summoned former minister Cheluvarayaswamy over the reports of defying party’s line during the election in the Mandya Lok Sabha seat in Karnataka.
Speaking to newsmen he said the Mandya Congress leader had been questioned about his alleged violation of party directions to work in favor of the JD(S) candidate, during Lok Sabha elections in Mandya Constituency. In Mandya, JD(S) candidate Nikhil K was the joint candidate for the coalition partners in Karnataka, while the BJP supported independent Sumalata, senior Kannada actor who was supported by the BJP.
The KPCC’s legal cell had lodged a complaint against Cheluvarayaswamy and others, for not working in favor of the Congress-JD(S) alliance candidate Nikhil, who is also son of the Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy. While admitting that there was some miss-understanding between the Congress and the JD(S) workers at the grass-root level both in Mysuru and Mandya Lok Sabha seat, the KPCC president said that “The pre-poll alliance had worked perfect in all the other Lok Sabha seats”.
Earlier speaking to newsmen, the Congress leader and former minister Cheluvarayaswamy has denied the charges that he had worked in favor of the independent candidate Sumalatha Ambharish. He also clarified about his presence in a dinner meeting hosted by a Congress leader Sachidananda, where the independent candidate Sumalatha Ambiarish was also present. “I had gone there to attend a private function, in which Sumalatha was also present” he said.
It may be recalled that on Wednesday, the Higher Education minister in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government G T Deve Gowda, had informed in Mysuru that in some of the polling stations the JD(S) workers had voted in favor of the BJP candidate, Pratap Simha. He also blamed for lack of understanding between the workers of the Congress and the JD(S) in Mysuru district. UNI