Lok Sabha Election 2019

Sumalatha to take a call on ties with BJP post polls

She says as an Independent she is free to take anyone’s support

Will actor Sumalatha, who is contesting from Mandya as an Independent supported by the BJP, join the saffron party if she wins the polls?

Avoiding a direct reply to the question, Ms. Sumalatha said the BJP has given her “unconditional support” and as an Independent she is free to take anyone’s support. “If I win, I will get back to the people of Mandya and ask if I need to support anyone. If not, I can work as an Independent MP,” she said, during an interaction with reporters on Thursday.

She is up against Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil K., in what promises to be a fierce battle.

Reacting to the JD(S) criticism that she was “not a BJP-supported candidate but a BJP candidate”, she said this is the JD(S) theme of campaign. “When I filed nomination, I had no idea who would support me. The first party to support me was Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and no one talks about it. I can be the Raitha Sangha candidate, but that would not suit the requirement of my opponents. The other group of people that stood by me are Congress rebels and they are still campaigning for me,” she said.

Pointing out that both the Congress and the JD(S) tried to dissuade her from contesting the election by making various offers, including a Rajya Sabha nomination, she said: “If I had wished for power, I would not have chosen this difficult option of contesting as an Independent. I would not have refused a Rajya Sabha nomination or the offer of MLC and Minister’s post by the JD(S). I choose this difficult path in response to the emotions of the people of Mandya,” she said. Recalling an incident, Ms. Sumalatha said an IAS officer had requested the late Ambareesh to advise Mr. Kumaraswamy not to make promises on farm loan waiver as there was no money in the treasury.

A letter from the Editor


Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jun 3, 2020 11:58:55 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/elections/lok-sabha-2019/sumalatha-to-take-a-call-on-ties-with-bjp-post-polls/article26742103.ece

Next Story