Deceased IAS officer D K Ravi's wife Kusuma joins Karnataka Congress

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Kusuma, who belongs to a political family in Bengaluru,  is likely to contest the by-election from Rajarajeshwari (RR) Nagar constituency in the city

Kusuma Ravi, wife of deceased IAS officer DK Ravi whose death had sparked a controversy, joined the Karnataka Congress on Sunday, October 4.

Kusuma is likely to contest the by-election from Rajarajeshwari (RR) Nagar constituency in the state capital of Bengaluru. KPCC president D K Shivakumar told News Minute that the name of Kusuma was under consideration for contesting the by-poll.

Kusuma is the daughter of Haunmantharayappa, a former council member from RR zone. She arrived at the KPCC office with family and received the primary membership of Congress party at 11.45 am. Family of Hanumantharayappa waited for more than an hour for the auspicious time to join the party.

Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, former Deputy CM Dr G Parameshwar and Bengaluru north district Congress president Rajkumar were present. Hanumantharayappa and his supporters also joined the party at the same time. More than 100 leaders of Sira also joined the Congress party.

Known to be an honest and upright officer, Ravi was found dead in his residence. Several leaders of the Congress, which was then ruling the state, were then accused of harassing the officer. His death had led to massive protests in Kolar and other parts of the state. After intense public pressure, the then chief minister handed over the case to the CBI, which in 2016 filed a closure report stating that Ravi's death was a case of suicide.

Speaking to TNM, DK Shivakumar said that the party is seriously considering Kusuma Ravi as a candidate as she is educated, and also someone the party views as a candidate who can connect to the “younger crowd”.

DK Shivakumar said that the party wants to field a woman candidate as she would be able gather the support of the women voters in the constituency. “There is a generation gap among voters these days. We are looking to field young and educated candidates. The BJP has its own caste calculations and we do too. Besides, Kusuma comes from a political family. Her father wanted the ticket but we had denied him the ticket,” Shivakumar added.

Elections were postponed in RR Nagar after large scale seizures of voter ID cards ahead of the polling from an apartment in the area. The Election Commission had announced that the 9,700 odd seized voter IDs have been returned to the respective owners (with inputs from ANI)

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