New Delhi, March 30: Days after Election Commission announced the dates for forthcoming Karnataka Assembly elections 2018, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday said that he would contest the polls from a new constituency Chamundeshwari in Mysuru district. Speaking to reporters, in response to a question in Mysuru, the Karnataka CM said,”I will contest from Chamundeshwari. I will win with the blessings of people from Chamundeshwari.”
Siddaramaiah was reacting to JDS state president H D Kumaraswamy expressing scepticism over his contesting from Chamundeshwari constituency. Lambasting Kumaraswamy, the Chief Minister asked, “Does Kumaraswamy know how many times I have contested from Chamundeshwari constituency? Seven times, out of which I have won five elections. Does he know all this?”
“I have complete faith and belief in my voter. They wont listen to Kumaraswamy or any one,” Siddaramaiah stated, while reminding about support he got in the toughest by-elections held in 2006.
Earlier on Wednesday, Kumaraswamy had predicted Siddaramaiah’s defeat if he contests from Chamundeshwari.
“If he (Siddaramaiah) contests from Chamundeshwari, write it down today itself, when election results are declared on May 15, wherever I’m, I will come down to Mysuru to discuss with you about his defeat,” the JDS state president had said.
In 2006, CM Siddaramaiah contested on Congress ticket and had won the Chamundeshwari by-election with a wafer thin margin of 257 votes against JD(S) candidate in one of the bitterest poll battles in the state.