Bengaluru: After casting his vote from Ramanagara in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy sought to underplay the criticism of dynasty politics, something that BJP has attacked JD(S) and Congress with, by claiming that it isn’t an issue at all. (Catch LIVE Updates of Lok Sabha Elections Phase 2 Here)
He said, “Country’s problems are the main issue. Only because of dynasty politics and regional politics has this country developed in several states. We’re not bothered about the criticism from BJP.”
Kumaraswamy was probably hinting at the allegations of dynasty politics after his party fielded his son Nikhil K. from Mandya. Nikhil is now pitted against Sumalatha, widow of Congress leader M H Ambareesh. Sumalatha is now contesting as an Independent candidate from Mandya as the grand old party chose to give the ticket to JD(S). So the battle in Mandya is between the Gowda family and the late actor-turned-politician.
In fact, local reports suggest that Nikhil and Sumalatha are just faces, the real fight is between Gowda and Ambareesh’s image. Commenting on Sumalatha against his son, Kumaraswamy said, “Local media tried to create euphoria about Sumalatha’s candidature.”
While claiming that results of Karnataka elections would play a role on the national stage, Kumaraswamy said, “Except BJP, other parties are going to form the government after results.”