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Will reveal my plans on March 18, says actress Sumalatha on contesting from Mandya

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

All set to take the political plunge, multi-lingual film said Monday she will reveal on March 18 whether she would contest the coming election from constituency in

Sumalatha, widow of Ambareesh, who was a three-time from Mandya, has disturbed the political equation with her insistence on contesting from the seat, upsetting calculations of ruling coalition partners and

"I believe that till the last minute anything can happen. Till it is officially announced, there is nothing to say this won't happen. I will let you know on March 18," told reporters in

She urged people to not give credence to speculation that leaders were persuading her to not contest from

"Please don't heed to rumours about me unless I reveal it to you, given the fact that Mandya is one of the prestigious seats, not only in Karnataka, but in the entire country," the added.

She admitted that strongman and Water Resources D K Shivakumar has requested her to not contest from Mandya.

"Well, nobody can pressure me because they know who I am and what I am, but D K Shivakumar had met me with a suggestion that I should contest from somewhere else.

"He told me that since coalition dharma (with JD-S) was in place, Congress cannot retain Mandya. I too told him about my stand on this matter," said.

Having a substantial population of the dominant Vokkaliga community, Mandya is traditionally considered a JD(S) citadel.

JD(S) has not only made Congress give up Mandya but also decided to field Nikhil Gowda, son of H D and third from the Gowda family, from the constituency.

Ambareesh, barring a brief stint in JD(S), had been associated with Congress and was the of state for information and broadcasting in UPA-I dispensation. He had represented Mandya thrice in

The in the JD(S) was so apparent that PWD Minister H D targeted Sumalatha, saying she has decided to enter when not even a month had passed since the demise of her husband.

The statement of Revanna, son of former H D Deve Gowda and brother of Kumaraswamy, to a private TV channel in Friday has embarrassed his party.

Sumalatha was not grateful to what did for Ambareesh, who died in November last year, he had said, referring to the arrangements made by the for his funeral.

drew flak from the party, Congress and the BJP for his remarks.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 16:25 IST