The battle in Mandya is turning out to be an interesting one. In fact, it has all the theatrics required with rebel star Ambareesh keeping all guessing. At first, he had indicated that he would not be contesting the elections owing to health reasons.
Film star and former Lok Sabha MP, Ramya will head the social media team of the Congress. As part of a major reshuffle within the Congress, the party has replaced Rohtak’s Lok Sabha MP Deependra Hooda with Ramya as the head of the social media wing of the party.
The complaint states that she has been missing from her Constituency (Mandya) for several months now and hence action be initiated against her. In a strongly worded complaint several members of the Congress have said that Ramya does not care for the people of her constituency and hence she should not be allowed to continue in politics.
All possible combinations to defeat the Congress in the two by elections fell flat. Both Congress candidates, D Suresh and Ramya beat their rivals in the Deve Gowda led Janata Dal (S) by huge margins.
Although right from the start it was clear that the Congress would win, there were egos and prestige at stake. Anita Kumaraswamy wife of H D Kumaraswamy and daughter in law of Deve Gowda was up against D Suresh of the Congress. Anita who had lost the assembly elections needed a win to save her political career. Moreoever it was a battle for the Vokkaliga votes between the two parties. Gowda who is called as the champion of the Vokkaliga could do little to salvage pride.