Mysuru, March 26:- The procession organised by Janata Dal (Secular) in Mandya ahead of the filing of the nomination by coalition candidate Nikhil Kumaraswamy had a point to prove about the workers’ base of the party in Mandya. The procession reflected the statement of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy who had told he has the capacity to gather people 10-fold more than what was seen when Sumalatha Ambareesh field her nomination last week.
Thousands of party workers holding JD(S) flag and banners were seen on Mysuru-Bengaluru National Highway. Women wearing the JD(S) logo were seen dancing in open vehicles. Hundreds of bullock carts and art teams were present.
The procession began at 11:30 am after offering prayers at Kalikamba Temple. Nikhil was accompanied by his father, Ministers C S Puttaraju, DC Thammanna and MLAs. Minister D K Shivakumar from the Congress was also present. Minister H D Revanna and Nikhil’s mother Anitha Kumaraswamy accompanied him to the Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office where he filed his nomination.
After a long-drawn procession, the team reached the DC office just after 2 pm. An alternative route was provided for vehicles plying between Mysuru and Bengaluru. But Mandyans suffered due to a traffic jam. SP, 10 DySPs, 20 CPI, 35 PSI, 500 staff, 5 DR staff and 5 KSRP wings provided tight security.
After the procession, Nikhil submitted his nomination to DC N Manjushri. (MR/NB).