Seems to be disturbed with the large-scale campaign is being going on in Mandya against his actor-son Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s entry into ensuing Lok Sabha polls, by contesting from Mandya constituency, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy today defended him. He strongly refuted “systematic” campaign against his son, particularly in social media.
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.
He asserted that those posting on social media are not voters. He expressed confidence `real voters’ in villages are with his son. He said such real voters will decide out-come of the poll.
Responding to accusations that his son is a `non-local’ and never involved in local politics, the chief minister recalled that several senior political leaders, including leader of opposition BS Yeddyurappa and himself, were born somewhere, while their political activities are elsewhere.
He said that 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 added.
However, the chief minister said that 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.”