Mandya: The Sandalwood brigade, which started its legwork for Sumalatha Ambarish, Independent candidate from Mandya, on Monday with ‘Challenging Star’ Darshan campaigning on her behalf in 20 villages of Srirangapatna taluk, continued canvassing for the actress even today.
The multilingual actress is taking on the coalition candidate Nikhil Kumaraswamy, son of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, for Mandya LS seat.
Sandalwood actors like Darshan, ‘Rocking Star’ Yash known and ‘Nenapirali’ Prem yesterday conducted road shows at various places separately, seeking votes for Sumalatha. They campaigned from 10 am to 8 pm yesterday.
Darshan’s second day road show yesterday covered various wards of Mandya including Aralimara, Sugar Town Jabbar Circle, Kamana Circle, Holalu Circle, Beedi Karmikara Colony and Muslim block. Darshan attracted the voters by wearing taqiyah cap (skull cap) worn by Muslims during religious gathering, Islamic Jubba at Muslim-pocketed areas during his campaigning.
Yash began his road show yesterday after offering special pujas at Eshwara Temple at Ooramara Kasalagere village at Kottatthi hobli of Srirangapatna Assembly segment. Later, he continued his campaigning at Tubinakere, Elechaanahalli, Kalenahalli, Eliyur Circle, Siddaiahnakoppalu, Indavalu, Kyatanagere and other villages of Mandya and Srirangapatna taluk surroundings.
Both the actors strongly criticised MP L.R. Shivaramegowda, who had issued a controversial statement that ‘Naidus,’ the community to which Sumalatha belongs, are out to conquer Mandya.
They took up the campaigning displaying the ‘trumpet,’ the election symbol of actress Sumalatha and making mike announcements to vote for Sumalatha, the daughter-in-law of Mandya without yielding to false propaganda of outsider tag, caste and other prejudices unleashed by her political opponents.
They publicised to vote for serial number 20 independent candidate Sumalatha as other ‘Sumalathas’ are in the electoral fray fielded by their opponents to confuse the voters.
Cine actor Yash appealed masses to exercise their rights for Sumalatha seeing the good works done by actor husband late Ambarish who worked hard for development of Mandya.
Addressing the people at Kiraganduru village, Yash said, “Any woman belongs to the husband’s family, after marriage. Digging the source of caste reflects the person’s narrow mind. It is wrong to involve in a personal attack.”
“I had canvassed for JD(S) during the Assembly elections. Now, I am canvassing for Sumalatha out of affection towards the late Ambarish. Despite having various opportunities, Sumalatha was adamant on contesting from Mandya and everyone should encourage her,” he added.
He alleged that some forces are preventing women entering politics and contesting election. People should reject such forces by electing Sumalatha to Parliament with a huge margin of votes.
A rousing reception was given by fans and people wherever the actors conducted road shows.
Women welcomed the actors by performing ‘arathi,’ showering flower petal, fans received them with ‘Mysore Peta’ and taking out bike rallies and procession.
While actress Sumalatha was canvassed in Maddur Assembly segment along with her supporter yesterday, coalition candidate Nikhil Kumaraswamy, accompanied with Transport Minister D.C. Thammanna, campaigned in Malavalli segment.