Mandya: If reports are to be believed, LR Shivarame Gowda, a two-time MLA from the Congress party, will be contesting in the upcoming Lok Sabha by-elections as the JD(S)'s candidate from the Mandya LS constituency.
Shivarame was nominated at a time when there were speculations that the JD(S) would be fielding someone from party president HD Devegowda's family.
According to reports, former bureaucrat Lakshmi Ashwin Gowda was also under consideration for the candidature. She is said to have rushed to HDD's residence, after hearing of Shivarame's candidature, where she had to be consoled. When asked about the decision, she said that she could not comprehend this decision and needed some time to come to terms with it.
Previously, Shivarame had joined the BJP to contest in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, but he was defeated by former minister Cheluvarayaswmy, the then JD(S) candidate.
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