Political News, State, Bengaluru, March 21:-The Janata Dal (Secular) on Thursday postponed the filing of nomination by Nikhil Kumaraswamy from Mandya Lok Sabha seat to next Monday.
Nikhil is the son of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and grandson of JD(S) supremo and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, who is launching the third generation of his clan from party citadel Mandya.
“We did plan the filing of nomination by Nikhil today (Thursday), but after much deliberation, we postponed it to March 25,” JD(S) MLC T A Saravana told media.
Saravana said the reason behind postponing the nomination date was that March 25 falls on Monday, which happens to be the day of Lord Shiva, the family deity of the Gowda family.
“We have planned the event in a grand manner, which people of Mandya had never seen before,” the JD(S) leader added.
JDS insiders told media that the mighty show of strength by multilingual film actress Sumalatha Ambareesh while filing her nomination papers on Wednesday made the party leadership postpone Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s nomination and plan a grand event.
Sumalatha, widow of veteran Kannada film actor and former Congress MP from Mandya, MH Ambareesh, has decided to contest the election as an Independent after being denied a ticket. She accused the Congress of not recognising the work done by Ambareesh for the party.
Deve Gowda was supposed to visit Mandya on Thursday, but it was cancelled at the last minute, said party spokesperson Ramesh Babu, without citing any reason.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s probable candidate for Mandya — Dr Siddaramaiah, who had lost the Mandya Lok Sabha by-poll last November — has started campaigning, though the saffron party has not released the list of candidates.
The BJP said it would put up its candidate as it is apprehensive that Sumalatha might withdraw her nomination at the last minute.
In the assembly election last May, the JD(S) had won from all the eight Assembly segments under Mandya, besides winning the Mandya by-election. (NAV, Inputs: Agencies)