Crisis in Karnataka Congress: Ambareesh, wife to join BJP

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Ahead of the 2018 assembly polls in Karnataka, many disgruntled Congress leaders are deserting the party to join hands with the BJP. Sources now suggest that another Vokkaliga heavyweight and mass leader from the Mandya region, Ambareesh is all set to join the BJP. While news of him, quitting the Congress has been doing the rounds, Oneindia has learnt from sources that he will bring his wife Sumalatha on board when he joins the BJP. The actor-turned-politician hopes to launch his wife into electoral politics on a BJP ticket.

Crisis in Karnataka Congress: Ambareesh, wife to join BJP

Sources suggest that Sumalatha, the 53-year-old actress is in the race to contest assembly polls from the star-studded Rajarajeswari Nagar constituency in Bengaluru. Sumalatha is a well-known name in the film circles and the star couple hopes that the locality that houses dozens of celebrities helps Sumalatha get a foothold. Sources from the BJP however, suggest that Sumalatha's entry into electoral politics may be a precondition for Ambareesh to join the party.

While the BJP maintains that it was too premature to confirm if Sumalatha would be their candidate since Ambareesh has not made his stand official, Sumalatha's social media activity may provide some proof. An active user of social media, Sumalatha Ambareesh has been vocal about her Anti-BJP and anti-Modi stand for years. She had criticised demonetisation drive heavily and her timeline was filled with debates on issues with BJP leaders. In the last few days, however, most anti-BJP and anti-Modi posts have been deleted from Sumalatha's timeline. Leaders from either party believe that it is an
attempt aimed at cosying up to the BJP.

Sources suggest that A Ravi, Tulsi Muniraju, Ramachandra, Cheluvarayaswami are also in the race to contest from the constituency apart from Sumalatha if Ambareesh joins the BJP. Sources from the BJP suggest that no clear picture will emerge till November. A central leadership team of the BJP is expected to visit the state after the Gujarat polls and decide on the candidates.

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