Mandya: Sumalatha becomes Karnataka's first independent MP in 52 years

Daijiworld Media Network - Mandya

Mandya, May 23: Sumalatha, widow of former Congress MP and actor M H Ambareesh, has become the first independent candidate to win the Lok Sabha elections from Karnataka in 52 years.

The 55-year-old actor turned politician made her debut as an independent candidate from Mandya after Congress decided to give her ticket to its coalition partner JD(S).

Sumalatha is only the fourth MP from Karnataka since Lok Sabha elections were first held in 1952. The last MP to be elected from the state was Dinakar Desai in 1967 from Kanara Lok Sabha constituency, when it was still part of the Mysore state.

Sumalath defeated chief minister H D Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Kumaraswamy, who made his debut in politics from the Mandya seat as the coalition candidate, much to the dismay of several Congress leaders and workers who were vocal about their support to Sumalatha.

Not just that, BJP lacking a strong candidate in Mandya decided to back Sumalatha by not launching a candidate from its party. She was supported by popular Kannada actors Yash and Darshan, who campaigned for her on field.

As per the latest reports, Sumalatha is leading with 1.25 lac votes and is most likely to be declared the winner from the constituency.

When media asked her to react, she said that she never planned anything and incidents that happened in her life were unplanned. “I contested only because people demanded. They had supported Ambareesh and they expect the same from me. I have to fulfill his legacy by taking forward the work he left behind,” she said.

Even after polling completed in Mandya on April 18, Sumalatha became busy completing her pending assignments. With the upcoming release of her son Abhishek Ambareesh's movie, she had to ensure everything is on the right path.

Sumalatha has acted in more than 200 films in five languages. Born in Chennai to parents from Andhra Pradesh, she did her initial education in Bombay in a school named ‘Karnataka High School'. “May be I was destined to be here,” she told media.


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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Fri, May 24 2019

    Well deserved victory. You have broken the 52 years record. Sumalatha, congratulations and best of luck as you enter a new phase of life as a MP. God bless you abundantly.

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  • Ahmed, Mangalore

    Fri, May 24 2019

    Congratulations Sumalatha Ambareesh. I was very happy that Nikhil Gowda could not win. Let him continue his career in Sandalwood. He is still young , can contest again in future after maturing to some level .
    Sumalatha should now join BJP.

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  • Rao, Udupi

    Fri, May 24 2019

    Whatever said and done like sympathy, film actor's charisma about reason for winning for Sumalatha, it is not easy to win MP election as an Independent that too who is new to politics.

    We should appreciate her conduct in election. She presented herself in a dignified manner against the abusive and crooked politics of Gowda family. CM used the whole state machinery and money and goonda power but could not win people of Mandya.

    This is a nice lesson to politicians

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Fri, May 24 2019

    50% kannada paid media helped her to win,puksatte prachara.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Fri, May 24 2019

    Her target.confidence and giving everything the best to win is really commendable.Congratulations and all the best.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, May 24 2019

    Sumalatha will be managed by BJP ...

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Fri, May 24 2019

    Actually she may even join the party now

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  • Vaishak, Mangalore

    Thu, May 23 2019

    Congratulations Sumalatha. You deserve to win. HDK made a grave mistake contesting his son against you.

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  • abdulla, india

    Thu, May 23 2019

    Congrats to mrs Sumalatha..
    Idea of Politics is Governance. Now work and serve the people.. Children for Schooling..Hospitals....
    sports and games.Employment...
    Greta infrastructure.
    Law and order.
    Empower women
    Help in Cottage industrial set up like AMUL..
    Promote Self employment...
    Also..promote Entertainment in Movie making like Bollywood.
    be fruitful...
    be productive.. be Useful.
    Like Dr. Kalam.
    Think how to Give and not take.
    that makes him one of his kind.

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  • Aubb, India / Kuwait

    Thu, May 23 2019

    Congrats Sumalatha on her record breaking victory.

    Hope she works for the good of Karnataka.

    jai Hind!!!

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