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Kumaraswamy not sure about contesting by-election

india Updated: Mar 21, 2011 20:49 IST
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Under pressure from his partymen to contest the April 9 by-election to Chennapatna assembly constituency in Karnataka, JD-S leader H D Kumaraswamy on Monday said that he was still not sure whether to go for it or not.

"I have not decided as of now whether to contest the bypoll or not. But voters of Chennapatna are pressurising me to contest. Even personally, I am not interested. I don't know how to take a decision", he told reporters in Bangalore.

On Sunday, Kumaraswamy had hinted that he might be the JD-S candidate from Chennapatna, a seat that fell vacant following "poaching" of the party MLA M C Ashwath by BJP a few months ago.

JD-S supremo H D Devegowda, Kumaraswamy's father, is also not in favour of his son contesting the seat, as he is a Lok Sabha member from Bangalore Rural Constituency.

Kumaraswamy said that his top priority was to ensure that JD-S retained the seat and has convened a meeting of senior leaders of the constituency on Monday to arrive at a final decision.

JD-S has decided to field Venkateshappa from Bangarpet constituency and its candidate would be announced soon for Jagalur constituency, which would also face voting on April 9.

JD-S would contest all the three seats on its own, he said, ruling out any poll pact with Congress.