K P Ashwini, wife of late R Ananthu, former corporator of Raghavendra Nagar ward, alleged that Congress leaders were working against party’s interest and working towards a state, free of Congress.
Following the death of Ananthu in January 2016, the corporator’s post has been vacant for nearly six months. In the meantime, Congress which had promised to field widow Ashwini for the by-poll from the ward selected Minister Tanveer Sait’s follower G N Manjunath as its candidate. Now Ashwini has decided to contest as an independent candidate.
Filing her nomination papers as independent candidate for the by-election, Ashwini held press meet on Thursday in city where she blamed the city Congress president and legislators for not allocating a Congress ticket for her.
“After my husband Ananthu’s death, I continued to work for the development of the ward. My uncle, Pandavapura MLA K S Puttanaiah had held discussions with CM Siddaramaiah, leaders like G Parameshwar, V Srinivas Prasad, H C Mahadevappa, Tanveer Sait, DK Shivakumar and MLAs of Mysuru district about contesting from the ward in the by-poll. I was made to wait for party ticket till the last day of submitting nomination papers, but finally the ticket has been issued to Manjunath. Congress has done a grave injustice to me,” she lamented.
Ashwini said that ‘It is a custom in the country that whenever a party leader dies, the party will provide ticket to members of the deceased leader to contest polls, but Congress leaders have cheated me. Neither Congress city president nor the constituency MLA had the courtesy to call me and explain the situation,” she added.
Polling for ward 58 will be held on July 10 and the counting of votes will be held on July 13.
Meanwhile,12 candidates including GN Manjunath from Congress, N Sureshraj from BJP, B Manju from JD(S), Amjad Khan from SDPI and eight independent candidates including Ashwini are in the fray. The last day for withdrawal of nominations is July 2.