The KPCC did not give in to tantrums and high drama of former minister MH Ambareesh and gave B-form to Ganiga Ravikumar to contest from Mandya Assembly constituency on the last day of filing of nomination papers.
As a final call, KPCC chief G Parameshwara had called Ambareesh to meet him. However, Ambareesh didn't turn up to meet the party chief. Left with no other option on the last day of filing of nominations, Congress gave B-form to Ganiga Ravikumar.
According to reports, Ambareesh's close associate Amaravati Chandrasekhar was also in the race to contest from Mandya. Chandrashekhar has been a close associate of Ambareesh for the last 20 years.
Actor-turned-politician Ambareesh had been given a deadline by Congress party to decide on his contest from Mandya assembly constituency. The party followed wait and see approach till the last moment since Ambareesh is a prominent Vokkaliga face in the Congress party. He refused to collect the B-form though his name was announced in the first list.
More details are awaited.
|Karnataka Assembly Election dates|
|Date of notification||April 17|
|Last date to file nominations||April 24|
|Last date to withdraw nominations||April 27|
|Date of polling||May 12|
|Date of counting||May 15|