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Karnataka polls: First CM's kin hopes to revive legacy

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Holding firmly on to a slice of history, the of undivided Karnataka's first K C Reddy, has been camping in the national capital, hoping to fight an election for an Assembly seat in the state.

For the last two days, Vasantha K C has been waiting anxiously outside the party's electoral war room at 15 Gurudwara Rakabganj Road, where its screening committee is finalising the candidates for the May 12 polls.

K C Reddy, the first of what was then Mysore State, was also a member of the

Vasantha, whose husband is a businessman, is the first member of the family after the late to enter

"He (Reddy) did not encourage the family to join But I felt the need to spread his legacy and work for people like him, the 40-year-old member said.

The first list of candidates is expected to be announced by April 13 after it has been vetted by the party's

Vasantha, who left her lecturer's job in Bengaluru four years ago to enter the world of politics, is seeking a ticket from the constituency, 27km from Karnataka's district.

When she joined politics, she said she found few knew about

I was shocked to learn that none of the governments had done anything to keep alive his relevance. I joined to revive the forgotten legacy," she told

was not only the first CM of the state, ruling from 1947 to 1952 and of Madhya Pradesh, but also the founder of the Vidhana Soudha, the state legislative Assembly, she said.

Reddy had conceived the blueprint of Vidhana Soudha and persuaded then to lay its foundation stone on July 13, 1951.

The absence of Reddy's name on the structure's foundation stone reflects his humility, she noted.

Last year, a statue of Reddy was finally put up in the Vidhana Soudha premises after much persistence, she said.

The mission of the mother of two children is to create awareness about Reddy in the state and set up a library in his home-town Kyasambahalli near the Kolar

Reddy, who was twice made of the Mysore and was also a minister at the Centre, died in 1976.

I want to revive his legacy, Vassantha said.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 13:35 IST
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