Actor Darshan house stoned, car damaged

Three days after he started canvassing in support of actress Sumalatha, who is contesting from Mandya Lok Sabha constituency as independent candidate, against Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s son and JDS candidate Nikhil, miscreants stoned the house of Kannada film actor Darshan and damaged his car.

Sumalatha, the widow of popular Kannada film actor and three-time Mandya MP Ambareesh, feared to be threatening former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda’s ambition of sending two of his grandsons to Lok Sabha, the third generation in his family.

Flanked by an enormous crowd, she filed her nominations on March 20, which was followed by an emotional speech. Darshan, who too hails from Mandya, is among the many film actors and prominent persons from the Kannada film industry, including Yash and ‘Rockline’ Venkatesh, who openly came out in support of Sumalatha.

According to police, the actor was in Hyderabad for shooting when the incident occurred in the early hours Saturday. Reacting to the incident, Sumalatha said “Such intimidating tactics will not work. Nobody can dare threaten Darshan and Yash. Our workers need not to have to get provoked by such incidents.”

Earlier, JDS MLAs warned Darshan against taking part in poll campaign and advised him to not to involve in such activities.

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