Anitha Kumaraswamy to contest Ramanagara by-poll

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy wife Anita is set to contest as JD(S) candidate in the by-poll to be held for the Ramanagara assembly constituency. The seat was vacated with Kumaraswamy’s resignation, after electing from two constituencies.

Party sources said that she will file her nomination tomorrow at 10.45 am, in the presence of former prime minister HD Devagouda and chief minister Kumaraswamy. Her candidature was finalsed yesterday at the party meeting, after convincing strong contenders from the party. She is entering electoral battle for the fourth time.

Anitha made her political debut by winning the Madhugiri bypoll in Tumakuru district in 2008. She however wasn’t successful in the next two elections she contested. In 2013 Assembly elections, she lost the Channapatna seat to Yogeeshwara and and in 2014, she was defeated in Bengaluru Rural Lok Sabha polls by Congress leader D K Suresh.

Though she was keen on contesting the Assembly elections this year from Channapatna, her husband and her father-in-law — JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda, did not approve her candidature. Instead, Kumaraswamy himself, contested the Channapatna and Ramanagara seats and later resigned from Ramanagara– thereby necessitating the bypolls in the ‘Silk Town’.

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