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Cong MLC wants to contest from Bengaluru North, a seat Gowda

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

: Amid reports that JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda might contest the Lok Sabha polls from Bangalore North, senior Congress leader and MLC H M Revanna Wednesday expressed his keenness to contest from the seat.

"In Hebbal (assembly segment that comes underBengaluru north) also I have my (base). For 12 years Ihave worked as Bengaluru city president and prepared severalpeople (for the party). I'm a known face in this part,"Revanna said.

Speaking to reporters here, he said he was also an aspirant and he was asking the party for a ticket.

"Whatever theparty decides, I will abide by it, but I'm also an aspirant," he said.

Revanna, who had lost from Chennapatna, also pointedout that during the recent Assembly elections he wasn't given a ticket from either Magadi or Hebbal and his term as MLC was also coming to an end.

Considered a close confidante of Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, he was also an aspirant for the Minister's post in the coalition cabinet.

According to reports, during the recent party meeting, a section of leaders from Bengaluru proposed the idea of Gowda contesting from Bangalore North as it wouldhelp the ruling coalition to gain a hold in the city.

Vokkaligas, the community to which Gowda belongs, havea considerable presence in the constituency, along with minorities.

BJP currently has a hold over the three Lok Sabha constituencies Bangalore- North, South and Central.

Union Minister Sadananda Gowda is the sitting Memberof Parliament from Bangalore North.

There is no clarity on whether Sadananda Gowda will contest from the constituency, with reports suggesting that hemay go back to Udupi Chikmagalur Lok Sabha constituency.

Stating that JD(S) was looking for 12 out of 28 seats in the state to contest during the Lok Sabha polls,Gowdaon Saturday had given a clear indication about hisgrandson Prajwal Revanna contesting the polls fromHassan, the JD(S) bastion that he has been representing.

Asked about reports that he was considering contesting the Lok Sabha polls,Gowda, citing health reasons and his age, saidhe has "not decided yet.

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First Published: Wed, January 02 2019. 20:50 IST