The former Chief Minister and State president of the Janata Dal (S) H.D. Kumaraswamy announced here on Sunday that zilla panchayat member Amrut Desai will contest for Dharwad Rural Assembly seat.

He was addressing a public meeting at Kotur village near here.

Mr. Kumaraswamy cancelled his tour midway because of the passing away of the Adichunchanagiri seer Balagangadharanatha Swami.

He said that the death of the seer was a loss to society and the State.

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