Bengaluru, April 24:- Senior Kannada actor-turned politician ‘Rebel’ star Ambareesh on Tuesday said that he will stay away from the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections due to his poor health condition.
The Congress on Tuesday announced P Ravikumar Ganiga as the party candidate from Mandya replacing incumbent legislator from the constituency Ambareesh. The party in its first list had announced Ambareesh name to contest from Mandya. However, he was not keen on contesting the polls and sources had said that he was sidelined from the party which made him to refuse the ticket.
Soon after the party announced a ticket to Ravikumar, MLA Ambareesh spoke to media persons in Bengaluru and said that he will not be contesting the polls due to his poor health condition. “I had decided not to contest the Assembly polls a few months back citing health reasons. I have decided to stay away from campaigning activities in the upcoming elections. This does not mean that I am retiring from active politics, but I am only staying away from the elections,” he added.
‘Not happy with Siddaramaiah’s candidature in Badami’
Speaking to media persons, Ambareesh said, “Chief Minister Siddaramaiah could have avoided contesting from two constituencies in the state. He should have stood firm on his words and contested only from Chamundeshwari Constituency. I was personally not happy with his decision to contest from Badami Constituency.”-(KK)