Bengaluru: BJP hit back at DK Shivakumar, senior Congress leader, for his statements in relation to the Kundagol by-election to be held on May 19.

It won’t be too difficult to recall that the senior Congress leader had asked the BJP to support the candidacy of Kusuma Shivalli, the wife of the deceased CS Shivalli, the Kundagol MLA who passed away in April. He had said that the BJP had spoken good words about CS Shivalli at the time of his death, and that they should support his wife transcending caste politics.

To this, BJP senior leader Mallikarjun hit back saying the same logic should also have been applied to Sumalatha’s candidacy, the independent aspirant from Mandya.

In his reply, which is going viral, he said, “Dear DK Shivakumar, you too had spoken kind words about Ambareesh when he passed away. But why did you not support Sumalatha? You people have tortured her in several ways. You have no moral right to speak about Kundagol. You have even called the people of Kundagol ‘poor’. They may be financially poor, but they have a big heart.”


Along with Kundagol, by-election will also be held in Chincholi. The by-election in Chincholi was necessitated as Umesh Jadhav bid goodbye to the Congress and joined the BJP.