Within the first family of the JD(S), there are at least two claimants to contest from Mandya.
While some JD(S) leadershave demanded that Chief Minister Kumaraswamy's wife Anita Kumaraswamy be fielded, there is another section opting for party supremo Deve Gowda's grandson and PWD minister H D Revanna's son Prajwal.
A section of leaders Tuesday announced the name of Anita Kumaraswamy at a party meeting in Ramanagar, leading to a heated exchange of words between party workers at the venue.
The leaders even announced that Anita Kumaraswamy would file her nominations on October 11.
To a query on the Mandya seat, Ali said, "Ramanagar and Mandya are crucial for us. I will neither say who will contest from there nor confirm whether Anita Kumaraswamy is going to contest from Mandya."
The elections to three parliamentary seats will be held in Ballari, Shivamogga and Mandya due to resignation of BJP leader B Sriramulu, BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa and C S Puttaraju JD(S) in May this year from the Lok Sabha.
The three leaders have been elected to the assembly.
Counting of votes will be on November 6.
Kumaraswamy Tuesday had an hour long discussion with Gowda and Ali here, party sources said.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)