Sumalatha Ambareesh, Malayali’s Clara, wife of late former politician M H Ambareesh on Monday announced during a press meet to contest from Mandya Lok Sabha constituency as independent candidate.
Addressing a press conference, she formally announced her decision in the presence of some prominent Kannada film stars. She was flanked by actors Yash and Darshan.
She will be contesting against actor Nikhil Gowda from JDS in what promises to be a high profile battle. Nikhil is the son of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.
In February, Sumalatha made headlines for declaring that she would contest Lok Sabha elections from Mandya – a seat her husband had represented both as Member of Parliament (MP) and Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA).
“Everybody I have met in Mandya has told me the faith they had in him (M H Ambareesh), they will transfer that to me. That way we can keep the memory of him alive. The decision, I have taken if it hurts anyone, I apologise. I am taking this step to continue his legacy,” Sumalatha said at a press conference.
After Ambareesh’s demise in November 2018, people of the constituency started pressurising Sumalatha to contest polls from Manyda seat. Sumalatha who has been touring the constituency has covered 35 wards in Mandya City Municipal Council area alone. Mandya city almost accounts for 50 per cent of votes in the constituency. Karnataka
Karnataka will vote to elect its members of Parliament during the second and third phases of polling on April 18 and April 23, respectively. The counting will take place on May 23 and the results will be out on the same day.