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Actress Sumalatha seeks support of S M Krishna for candidacy

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Ambareesh, wife of late actor-turned-politician, who is likely to contest asan independent from in the polls, Friday met and former Karnataka Chief S M here and sought his support.

Krishna, a from Mandyasaid he would discuss with the party leadership on supporting her in the polls.

On her part,said she would reveal her decision on contesting the polls and her plan of action by March 18.

"informed me about contesting the pollsfrom I will also speak to the BJP leadership,"said.

Speaking to reporters, he said the BJP would take a decision by March 18 on whether to field a candidate from or support Sumalatha by not fielding a candidate.

Conceding that there is a demand within the BJP to field a candidate from Mandya, he said "After taking a total view... also looking into the decision thatSumalatha will take on March 18, BJP will take a decision."

On him supporting Sumalatha if the party's decision was otherwise, he said "S M is not different from BJP as he is part of it."

With ruling out fielding Sumalatha for the Mandya seat, saying it would go to it's coalition partner JD(S), clamour is growing within the BJP to induct her into the party and field her as the candidate.

A section within the BJP believe that if Sumalatha joins the party and is fielded as a candidate in Mandya, it would help the saffron party, which doesn't have much presence in the

Sumalatha's late husband had contested and won from Mandya in the past.

However, according to top BJP sources, instead of inducting her, the party may support her as an independentso that she can continue to on the support of disgruntled leaders in Mandya, who are upset about their party's decision to cede the seat to JD(S).

"Her winning is more important support of those disgruntled with the will be an added advantage,which she may lose out by joining the BJP," party sources said.

Speaking to reporters,Sumalatha said she had come toseek the blessings of Krishna, with whom her family shared a good bonding and updated him about the current situation in Mandya.

Stating that she has not met any BJP leaders, the said she planned to meet all senior leaders and seek their blessings.

"No one (from BJP) has officially told me that they will extend their support, but in the situation that I'm in, Iwill welcome everyone's support,"she said in response to a question on BJP extending her support as an

H D Kumaraswamy's son is the coalition candidate from Mandya.

According to the seat sharing arrangement reached by the coalition partners, Mandya has gone to the JD(S).

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 20:45 IST