EC bans Nikhil, Sumalatha films on Doordarshan

The Lok Sabha poll in Mandya of Karnataka turning to be interesting as an young cine hero Nikhil, son of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is taking on widow of former minister and celebrated film star Ambareesh, besides herself was a very popular actress in the South.

Number of film personalities are expected to swing into poll campaign. As Nikhil is the candidate for ruling coalition JDS-Congress combine, Sumalatha is contesting as an independent.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has banned screening of movies starring them on Doordarshan till voting in the seat is over. The order was issued by deputy commissioner and Returning Officer of Mandya parliamentary seat N Manjushree.
However, she has also clarified that the ban is not applicable to private TV channels and theatres. Mandya will voting on April 18 in the second phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections.

Sumalatha has acted in hundreds of Kannada, Tamil and Telugu movies. Nikhil has played the lead in two Kannada movies, Jaguar and Seetharama Kalyana. The mother of all battles has vertically divided the Kannada film industry. Top actors like Darshan and Yash of KGF fame are backing Sumalatha against the CM’s son.

Sumalatha is likely to get the support of the BJP, which is a minor player in Mandya. Many local Congress leaders who are upset with the seat going to their arch-rival JDS are openly supporting Sumalatha, making it an election to watch.

It has angered Kumaraswamy and his MLA-wife Anitha Kumaraswamy. Both have decided to camp in Mandya to ensure their son’s victory. On the other hand, Sumalatha is riding on sympathy wave. Ambareesh, a three-time Mandya MP, one-time MLA and a state and former Union minister died in November. Interestingly, Kumaraswamy is also from a film background. Before entering politics in 1996, he was a film producer.

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