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BJP leader SM Krishna along with Sumalatha Ambareesh speaking to reporters in Mandya on Friday (Photo/ANI)
BJP leader SM Krishna along with Sumalatha Ambareesh speaking to reporters in Mandya on Friday (Photo/ANI)

Sumalatha Ambareesh refuses to disclose if she will contest on BJP ticket

ANI | Updated: Mar 15, 2019 16:05 IST

Mandya (Karnataka) [India], Mar 15 (ANI): Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of late actor and Congress leader MH Ambareesh refused to confirm or deny if she will be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha election on a BJP ticket or as an independent.
After meeting BJP leader SM Krishna on Friday, she said, "I will be firmly announcing what I am going to do, on March 18.” She termed the visit as a courtesy visit.
She accused the Congress of letting its workers and leaders' morale down by not fielding a candidate from Mandya constituency. Sumalatha was expected to contest from Mandya since her husband had represented the seat in the lower house.
However, as per the seat-sharing arrangement between JD(S) and Congress, Mandya seat will be contested by JD(S). JD(S) is likely to field Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumarswamy’s son, Nikhil Gowda, from the seat.
“I am not let down by this decision. The Congress party is letting their own cadre, workers, leaders down by taking this decision. They (workers) feel that Congress might be wiped out in the region due to this decision,” she told reporters after meeting SM Krishna.
She claimed that the party workers are already supporting her. “Congress party workers are supporting me already because they are very unhappy about the party's decision not to field its candidate,” Sumalatha said adding, “I have a mission and I want to accomplish that.”
Meanwhile, SM Krishna termed her a family friend and said that he was personally very happy to meet her.
“She has explained to me the situation prevailing in Mandya constituency. I will be reverting to her after discussing with the party leadership,” he said.
The elections for the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka will be held in two phases on April 18 and April 23. The results will be announced on May 23. (ANI)