Bengaluru: Ending weeks of suspense, former prime minister and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda has decided to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election from the Tumkur constituency in Karnataka. Gowda was undecided on his seat after he vacated his stronghold Hassan to his grandson Prajwal Revanna. There were talks he wanted to contest from Bengaluru North constituency.
With Saturday’s announcement of Gowda’s candidature by the party, the Congress, an alliance partner, has heaved a sigh of relief. The Congress had been prodding Gowda to decide fast on his seat. However, Saturday’s decision immediately triggered a protest from the Congress lawmaker who represents Tumakuru. “I’m a sitting MP from here and I have delivered at the floor of the House. Why have you denied me the ticket? It is not correct,” SP Muddahanumegowda said.
“Elected representatives and all local leaders want me to contest. That’s why on Monday we will start a procession from BGS Circle to DC Office and I’ll file the nomination with the support of all our leaders as the Congress candidate for Tumakuru,” he said. Tumakuru is a JD(S) bastion, but not as strong as Hassan. Gowda handed over the Hassan seat to his grandson Prajwal Revanna weeping profously that made his son Revanna and grandson Prajwal to join the “crying marathon”.
With Gowda in the fray, three members of the clan would be contesting — the senior Gowda and two of his grandsons — Prajwal and Nikhil Kumaraswamy from Mandya. With the announcement of Deve Gowda’s candidacy by his party, three of the eight seats the JD-S managed to wrest from coalition partner Congress will go to the Gowda parivar. Voting for the 28 LS seats in Karnataka will be held in two phases on April 18 and 23. Results will be declared on May 23.