Late IAS officer DK Ravi’s wife Kusuma to contest RR Nagar Assembly seat in Karnataka

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The RR Nagar seat is dear to Kusuma since her father Hanumantharayappa wanted to contest from the same constituency in the 2018 assembly elections after Ravi’s death, but was denied a ticket.

Ending speculations, the Karnataka Congress on Wednesday, October 7, cleared the candidature of H Kusuma, the wife of late IAS officer DK Ravi for the Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) by-election, according to News Minute.

The party has also decided to field TB Jayachandra, a former minister, in Sira Assembly constituency in Tumakuru district. Both the constituencies will go for by-polls on November 3. The last date for filing of nomination is October 16 and counting of votes will take place on November 10.

The RR Nagar seat is dear to Kusuma since her father Hanumantharayappa wanted to contest from the same constituency in the 2018 assembly elections after Ravi’s death, but was denied a ticket. Kusuma’s name has been doing the rounds as the frontrunner for the seat after she accepted the party’s membership last week.

Her caste also worked in her favour. Kusuma belongs to Vokkaliga, who forms majority in the constituency. The seat was previously held by Munirathna, who won from the Congress but later joined the BJP. He is likely to be the saffron party candidate from the constituency.

The by-election in Sir was necessitated by the death of JD(S) leader B Sathyanarayan. The party has already announced that Ammajamma, the wife of late will be the candidate in Sira.

Kusuma joined the Congress five years after her husband’s death. DK Ravi, who was known for uprightness, was found dead at his residence in March 2015.

The BJP is yet to announce its candidate for the seat, and the state leadership has sent its recommendations to the BJP high command. The recommendations include Dr CM Rajesh Gowda, a radiologist and the son of a former Congress MP from Chitradurga.

Meanwhile, ANI reported that the Congress high command has approved the candidature of Ramesh as the party nominee for the ensuing biennial election to the Karnataka Legislative Council from the state South East Graduate's constituency.

Ramesh Babu, a former JD (S) MLC, had joined the Congress recently. The by-elections in the state will be held on October 21 in 15 constituencies, after Congress and JD (S) rebel MLAs were recently disqualified. The counting of votes will take place on October 24.

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