Mandya: Ms Sumalatha Ambareesh who is contesting as an independent from Mandya, said on Friday that she would file a complaint with the Election Commission against Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy for accusing her of engineering the stone pelting at her rallies.
"Mr Kumaraswamy's statement is very provocative and speaks of a hidden threat to my life, Abhishek Gowda and stars, Darshan Tugudeepa and Yash. The JD(S) leaders are ready to go to any extent to harm us. So, I have decided to file a complaint against the CM with the Election Commission and seek CRPF protection for my family and the actors,” she said.
Ms Sumalatha maintained that she did not have faith in the Karnataka police, who “danced to the tune of the coalition government,” and argued this was evident by the police caning her workers and threatening them with cases if they continued to support her. “Businessmen who are supporting me, have been threatened with cancellation of their trade licences in Mandya. A kind of fear psychosis had been created in the district under the leadership of Mr Kumaraswamy,” she charged. On the stone throwing theory of Mr Kumaraswamy, Ms Sumalatha said his party may have already plotted to stone her rally on April 16. “The CM has realised his son, Nikhil is on a losing wicket and so has resorted to intimidating his opponents,” she alleged. On Mr Kumaraswamy’s statement that he would not be responsible if the media was attacked, she said, "I feel insecure when such threats are made against the media.”
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