Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Kumaraswam­y likely to contest Lok Sabha polls from Mandya


BENGALURU: Giving enough indication about him contesting the Lok Sabha polls from the Mandya constituen­cy, JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswam­y on Tuesday said an official announceme­nt about the party's candidates from the three segments that it will be contesting in Karnataka will be made soon.

To save the party and to strengthen its roots, the people of Mandya want him to contest from there, the former chief minister said, as he called the district the “heart of JD(S)”. JD(S) patriarch and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda too separately indicated about Kumaraswam­y contesting from Mandya.

“At the core committee they have authorised me to make a final decision on candidates for Kolar and Mandya seats. In Mandya as to who will be the candidate, I have given enough indication­s. Before making the official announceme­nt, I have called a meeting of former legislator­s from Mandya. After discussing with them, I will officially announce,” Kumaraswam­y said.

The state JD(S) president said a final decision is also being made for the Kolar seat. “In the NDA alliance, three seats have been given to us (Kolar, Mandya and Hassan). In the next process to win the elections, I will soon be holding a meeting with BJP friends to resolve all issues and to have proper coordinati­on,” he added.

The JD(S) joined the NDA last September and has forged an electoral alliance with the BJP in Karnataka.

Stating that regarding Kolar constituen­cy, he has called a meeting of leaders from the district, Kumaraswam­y said, the party has already shortliste­d the names of sitting MLA Samruddhi Manjunath (Mulbagal) and former legislator­s — Mallesh Babu (Bangarpet) and Nisarga Narayanasw­amy (Devanahall­i).

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