Sumalatha Ambareesh who defeated the son of Karnataka CM, H.D. Kumaraswamy, Nikhil by a massive margin has decided not to join BJP. She will, however, extend outside support to the Modi-led NDA government for the backing she received from BJP during the recent general elections.
It should be noted that the Bharatiya Janata Party decided not to put up its candidate from Mandya constituency to support Sumalatha.
Sumalatha Playing Diplomatically To Please Both Parties
One of the reasons the wife of actor Ambareesh decided not to join BJP is because she also received support from some Congress politicians and workers. According to sources, “If she joins the BJP, it may upset Congress politicians who had worked untiringly for her in the polls. If she refuses, she could hurt BJP leaders who had supported her. We have decided to keep both groups happy.”
The decision was suggested by Sumalatha after her meeting with senior BJP leaders including state BJP President BS Yeddyurappa and SM Krishna in Bengaluru. Sumalatha said, “I want to clarify that if an independent candidate wins, there is no provision in our Constitution for them to join a party. But an independent can support… There is a provision to extend issue-based support.”
After her massive win from Mandya, speculations were being made about her joining the BJP and getting a position in the Modi’s cabinet. It would have made sure that she receives enough funds to develop her constituency.
Sumalatha may take the final call on May 29, which is the birth anniversary of her actor-turned-politician late husband.
Sumalatha Said Congress Was Defeated Due To Negative Politics
Immediately after winning the Mandya seat, Sumalatha credited her victory “to the people of Mandya and their pride.” While talking to the media persons, she said that if Congress had given her the ticket the party would have won at least one more seat in Karnataka. Sumalatha added, “But they did not take my appeal seriously.” It should be noted that the actress had earlier approached Congress for the seat.
According to the newly elected MP, her victory also marks the defeat of negative politics which has been a recent practice of JD (S).