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H.D. Kumaraswamy won’t seek support of Congress on ‘Son rise’

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Mar 22, 2019, 2:17 am IST
Updated Mar 22, 2019, 2:17 am IST
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H.D. Kumaraswamy
 H.D. Kumaraswamy

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said Thursday he will not plead for support  with those Congress leaders who are against his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s candidature as coalition candidate from Mandya  in the Lok Sabha polls.

Nikhil KumaraswamyNikhil Kumaraswamy

 

Taking a dig at those opposing Nikhil, the Karnataka CM said “those who are originally from the Congress have already extended their support and JD(S) workers are efficient  to ensure his victory. He also said his father and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda was yet to decide on contesting the Lok Sabha  polls.  “Some leaders in Mandya have gone ahead from the back door. It is not necessary for me to talk to them now.

“My workers are efficient, instead of trusting those backstabbing, trust those who work honestly. I’m not blaming  everyone,” Kumaraswamy said in response to a question about  him personally seeking support from Mandya Congress leaders.

Kumaraswamy said even now he wanted to tell those leaders that there were no permanent enemies or friends in  politics and the Congress had decided to give the seat to the  JD(S) in the coalition set up.  “With their own adamant behaviour, if they still want  to go away with an intention to take revenge, good, they can  work anywhere they want,” he added.

The Chief Minister’s sharp reaction came a day after several Congress leaders in Mandya extended their support to  independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh despite their party  denying her a ticket.

The Congress and JD(S), who have been traditional  rivals in Mandya, have decided to fight the election together  in an alliance this time, and according to the coalition  arrangement the seat had gone to the regional party as it had  a sitting MP there.

The Congress’ move to cede the seat to JD(S) is being vehemently opposed by leaders in Mandya, with a few even expressing openly their support to Sumalatha, widow of actor-politician Ambareesh.  Ambareesh had early won on Congress’ ticket from the  constituency.

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