Bengaluru: Former minister, A Manju warned on Monday that Congress workers would not campaign for anyone other than JD(S) supremo, H D Deve Gowda in Hassan constituency during the coming Lok Sabha elections.
Speaking to the Deccan Chronicle, he said he had already conveyed this to his party bosses and there was no question of going back on his decision. Making it clear that he did not support the Janata Dal (Secular)'s plans to field Mr Prajwal Revanna, son of PWD Minister, H D Revanna from Hassan, Mr Manju argued the young leader was not mature enough to go to Lok Sabha and still had a long way to go in politics.
"If Mr Gowda wants to contest the Lok Sabha poll from any other constituency, let any other senior JD(S) or Congress leader contest from Hassan. When Mr Gowda had opposed the dynastic politics of the late Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, why does he now want to field his grandson from Hassan?" he asked.
The former minister also demanded that the JD(S) should let the Congress contest from Mandya and allow it to field Ms Sumalatha Ambarish, wife of the late actor / politician, M H Ambarish, from the constituency. "With Congress workers already demoralised with their party giving away the Chief Minister's post to the JD(S), the party must not succumb to pressure from Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and allow him to field his son, Nikhil from Mandya, which has been its stronghold. Our leaders must take a decision that will help the party and not blindly accept the diktats of the alliance partner," he stressed.