Mr. Gowda has ceded the Hassan seat to his grandson Prajwal Revanna.
Interestingly, JD(S)’ announcement on Mr. Gowda’s constituency comes on a day when Congress sitting MP from Tumkur S.P. Muddahanumegowda has said he would file his nomination as the party candidate.
Mr. Muddahanumegowda’s decision goes against the seat sharing arrangement reached between the Congress and JD(S), according to which Tumkur seat has gone to the regional party.
If Mr. Muddahanumegowda contests from Tumkur as a rebel, it will add to the Congress-JD(S) coalition's worries as the alliance is facing backlash at several places, including Mandya and Hassan, with party workers unhappy with the seat arrangements.
In Tumkur, there is simmering discontent within the Congress local leadership about ceding the seat to JD(S), despite party having a sitting MP there.
For the coalition to emerge as a formidable opposition to BJP and win more number of seats, it is crucial for the Congress to transfer its votes to JD(S) and vice-versa, including Mandya.
BJP has fielded G.S. Basavaraj as its candidate from Tumkur.
JAMMU AND KASHMIR
Shah Faesal's party opts out of Lok Sabha polls
Former IAS officer Shah Faesal has said his recently formed party, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), will not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, but asked the people to vote in large numbers for electing the “right candidates“.
“We have had several meetings of the core group of our party over the past few days and we have decided that we will not contest the Lok Sabha elections this time,” Mr. Faesal has told reporters.
The former IAS officer has said the main reason for not contesting the polls was to focus more on the mass contact programme.
“The unanimous view was that we are a party still in the stages of infancy and that we should also focus on mass contact programme. This was also our response to those elements who were accusing us of being stooges of the Centre for dividing votes in the current elections,” he has said.