JD(S) will field Kalale Keshavamurthy for the Nanjangud by-election, said state party president and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy here on Sunday.
Kumarswamy addressed a meeting of party workers convened to discuss party’s strategy for the by-poll. He said that the party will not allow Keshavmurthy to quit. On his part, Keshavmurthy, who had campaigned for Congress in the APMC polls last week, said that he will abide by the party’s decision. He said he will not quit the party but he has no money to contest the by-poll.
Speaking during the JD(S) meeting, Keshavmurthy, said that he is not going anywhere and he will remain in the party.
“I met former PM H D Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy seeking ticket to contest in the by-election. As the party leaders took time to finalize the candidature, the political circles went agog with rumors that I would join the Congress. It is not the case,” he stated.
He had contested twice from Nanjnagud seat and stood second during the 2013 polls.
Kumaraswamy said Keshavmurthy has worked hard to build the party in Nanjangud and he will be fielded. “Though we don’t have resources, we will generate funds from the activists and take up the fight,” he said. Many of the leaders and activists, who were present, volunteered to donate money and said they will seek money from the party activists in the constituency.