Former Hassan zilla panchayat member Bhavani Revanna has claimed that leaders of the Janata Dal (Secular) party have decided to nominate her as the candidate for Hassan constituency in the coming Assembly elections in Karnataka.
During a visit to Kakkenahalli near Salagame in Hassan taluk on January 23, Bhavani Revanna told the villagers, “All leaders have decided to field me as candidate. They will make an announcement soon. I am visiting villages to familiarise myself with the constituency so that I can do good work in the coming days.
“Some development remains incomplete in this constituency.”
Bhavani Revanna addressed villagers on the premises of a temple in the village.
During the last Assembly elections, Hassan seat was won by BJP candidate Preetham Gowda.
Bhavani Revanna, wife of former minister H.D. Revanna, has been one of the contenders for the JD(S) ticket to contest from Hassan seat. On January 23, for the first time, she claimed that the party has decided to nominate her. A video clip of her statement has gone viral in the district.
Her younger son Prajwal Revanna represent Hassan in the Lok Sabha and while elder son Suraj Revanna is a Member of Legislative Council of Karnataka.
The other contender for JD(S) ticket from Hassan
H.P. Swaroop, former Hassan zilla panchayat vice-president and son of former MLA late H.S. Prakash, is also an aspirant for the party ticket. He has been visiting villages along with his supporters.
Mr. Swaroop has said that the JD(S) ticket for Hassan seat would be finalised by the party’s senior leaders. “The party is yet to take the final decision on its candidate for Hassan,” he told mediapersons on January 24.
Mr. Swaroop said he does not know why Bhavani Revanna made a statement claiming that the party had decided to nominate her from the Hassan seat. “I don’t know why she made the statement. I still hope former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy will take the final call. I will stand by the party’s decision,” he said.
Swaroop, son for former MLA late H.S. Prakash, said he had been working for the party since his father’s demise. “H.D. Deve Gowda, H.D. Revanna and H.D. Kumaraswamy told me to remain in touch with workers of the party after my father’s death. The party had fielded my father six times, of which he won four times. We are indebted to the party and Deve Gowda’s family. I am hopeful that the party will field me this time,” he said.
Further, he said he had already begun campaigning in the constituency. He had been visiting wards in the city and villages in the constituency.
The JD(S) is yet to announce the names of candidates for seven constituencies in Hassan district.