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'Systematic' campaign being run against my son's candidacy: CM Kumaraswamy

Bengaluru, Mar 12 (PTI): Hitting out at critics for opposing his actor son Nikhil Kumaraswamy contesting from Mandya in the Lok Sabha polls, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said a "systematic" campaign was being run against his candidacy.

Facing flak for promoting his son, Kumaraswamy said those posting on social media are not voters.

The real voters are in villages and it is they who will decide, he added. Claiming that there was a "systematic" campaign against Nikhil's candidature, he said several top political leaders, including Yeddyurappa and himself, were born somewhere, while their political activities are elsewhere. "Pro and contra views will be everywhere.

Several leaders who were born somewhere, have won from elsewhere and have become members (of Parliament and assembly)," Kumaraswamy said to a query about the opposition to Nikhil's candidacy.

Speaking to reporters here, Kumaraswamy said Union Minister Sadanada Gowda, who was born in Mangaluru, has become an MP from Bangalore North, Yeddyurappa, born in Mandya, was doing politics from Shivamogga, and he, born in Hassan, was doing politics in Ramanagara.

"Anyone can contest from anywhere. I can understand what all is happening systematically as though there was opposition in Mandya (to Nikhil's candidacy)," he said.

His family will never misuse the love and affection of the people of Mandya with whom they have a bonding for several years now, Kumaraswamy said, adding, "people there will decide, not any political leader or anybody." He said, "We will go before the people, and people will decide....those commenting on social media or Facebook are not voters, voters are in villages. Village voters will decide."

The opposition is simmering against Nikhil's candidature in Mandya, as many who claim to be JD(S) supporters have hit out at the party leadership for sidelining loyal party workers to favour someone from their family, despite not being involved in party activities in the district.

A social media campaign titled "Go back Nikhil" had gained momentum in Mandya a couple of days ago to oppose the "dynasty politics" of the Deve Gowda family.

Many within the JD(S)' alliance partner Congress in Mandya are also opposing Nikhil as they are against the grand old party's decision of denying the ticket to Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of late actor-turned-politician Ambareesh, and ceding the seat to the regional partner.

However, Sumalatha has made it clear that she would contest the polls from Mandya, which was earlier represented by Ambareesh.

On seat sharing with the Congress, Kumaraswamy said it was likely to be finalised in three or four days. "Our party leaders will decide on seat sharing," he said. "Everything will be finalised in three or four days... things have become clear as nominations have to be filed in a week's time," he said in response to a question.

According to party sources, the Congress may concede a maximum of eight out of the total 28 seats to the JD(S) but the constituencies are yet to be finalised. JD(S) patriarch Deve Gowda had demanded at least 10 seats during a recent meeting with Rahul Gandhi.

While it is clear that Hassan and Mandya, where the JD(S) has sitting MPs, will go to the party along with the Shimoga seat, where Gowda has already declared former MLA Madhu Bangarappa as the candidate, both parties need to finalise on the rest of the seats.

Sharing of seats from old Mysuru region is expected to be an acid test for both the parties, as the JD(S) considers it to be its bastion and the Congress has its sitting members from most of the seats there.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Wed, Mar 13 2019

    Actually Grandfather, Sons, Grandsons, Daughert-In-Laws, One keep also, one extra child also to the clan. Jai Appa Maga Party

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Wed, Mar 13 2019

    'keep' common to congress as well as BJP...'keep's and 'foster child', 'foster family' etc. are fundamental right of the people whom we elect....

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Wed, Mar 13 2019

    Please concentrate on the development of Karnataka...Now you are chief minister..

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Mar 13 2019

    What has your son done for Mandya?
    Sown ground nuts ?
    Nut nonsense fellow.

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  • Rathnakara Achari, Shirva

    Wed, Mar 13 2019

    Congress destroying themselves in Karnataka.

    JDS growth is directly proportional to Congress Barbaadi.

    BJP need not worry.

    I am really surprised with congress think tank, for short time gain they destroyed congress in Karnataka.

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  • S n bangs, Thannirubhavi

    Wed, Mar 13 2019

    Crying baby. Always wants more.

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  • Bala, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 12 2019

    You are more worried about your family than the people of Karnataka.

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 12 2019

    For a C.M, People of the state are sons & daughters, brothers and sisters, like Father and Mothers. All are ours and ours alone.

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  • Arun, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 12 2019

    Any other left in Deve Gowda Family please bring them also even old dog Congress will support. Because congress is sold out to JDS.

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  • Vaishak, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 12 2019

    Does Karnataka has no better candidates. Father, son, grandson, wife, brother all are in politics.

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  • Pnto, Mglr

    Tue, Mar 12 2019

    Why should ur son sirji why not try other party worker. Need of Da hour in India is "only those whose sons n daughters are in army, navy, airforce must be allowed to contest elections" this will solve Kashmere and all other national security concerns. Polititions will only talk of peace.

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  • abdulla, india

    Tue, Mar 12 2019

    India is blessed with no less than 1.3 Billion still active. population.
    Cant India find fresh, new, dynamic leaders.New breed of Young, educated, honest, disciplined, cultured, dignified, virtuous, humble..
    Result oriented, Goal oriented, Visionary, Orator, Poet.Actor.
    Groom them by the Dozens.....
    Candidate should be Interviewed on national TV and they should answer the Nation..extempore with no Clue of questions. catch them unprepared.
    like Quizzing.
    ask relevant questions...
    Immaterial of caste, creed, religion. as long as he is good LAW abiding smart Indian , one who can lead....
    Present... dynamic.
    We need firebrand. .. smart youth : Males or females.
    who can Shake the Platform.. who are. Crystal clear of their Thought process: vision: clarity.
    Question them like Derek obriens quiz..masters.
    Let them face the JANATAHA on national TV.. debate like going for ICS: IAS.IPS exams.
    why not?
    get the bream , the. best
    no need of sons of Politicians. why NEPOTISM.
    Give room..chance to new and fresh breed and track their actions.. follow ups
    ultimately we need RESULTS.

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  • Salim, bagalkot

    Tue, Mar 12 2019

    JD (S)...Janata Dal and grandson also...

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  • Shetty, Kudla

    Tue, Mar 12 2019

    My Son
    My Father
    My Brother
    My Wife

    What else ?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 12 2019

    We want only Winners & not Sons & Daughters ...

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  • Shreenath, Mangalore / Bahrain

    Tue, Mar 12 2019

    You Mean Rahul and Priyanka?

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  • RSRB, Kundapura

    Wed, Mar 13 2019

    Shreenath, Mangalore / Bahrain

    Son and daughter is renamed as PAPPU and PIPPI...

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 13 2019

    Wait until May 23rd. You will know who is pappu and pippi.

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  • Arge, Bangalore

    Wed, Mar 13 2019

    Why should we wait till 23rd, UP they are nowhere, Maharashtra is showing the way for Congress mukth, and in Karnataka Deve Gowda is wirkung overtime to make Old Mysore Congress Muktha, and rest tif the Karnataka Congress men are themselves working overtime to ensure M.Gsndhis wishes are fulfilled at the earliesy

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