After casting their votes in Bengaluru Rural constituency in Karnataka, Chief Minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy spoke about the contest of his son, actor-turned politician Nikhil Kumaraswamy, from the party bastion of Mandya Lok Sabha constituency.
HD Kumaraswamy along with his wife Anitha Kumaraswamy and son cast his vote on Thursday morning. When asked about the criticism by the opposition BJP and AIADMK about promoting dynastic politics on account of having fielded his son from Mandya, the Karnataka CM said:
"Dynasty politics isn't an important issue now as the country's problems are the main issue. Because of dynasty politics only many states developed in this country. Only because of dynasty politics and regional politics, this country developed in several states. We're not bothered about criticism from BJP. "
Following his father's comment, Nikhil Kumaraswamy echoed the view while talking to Republic TV. He said:
"When a doctor's son can become a doctor and an engineer's son become an engineer why can't a neta's son become a neta. I'm not being nominated in Rajya Sabha, I'm contesting in Lok Sabha polls and I will get the mandate of the people."
The actor-turned-politician is contesting against Sumalatha Ambareesh who is fighting as an independent candidate from Mandya. L R Shivarame Gowda of JD(S) represents Mandya in the Lok Sabha having won the bypoll last year.
The JD(S) and Congress had formed an alliance in the state in the aftermath of the 2018 Karnataka elections in which they had emerged the third and second-largest parties in the state respectively, with the Congress allowing Kumaraswamy to become CM.
Kumaraswamy's father, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, and his wife also cast their vote at a polling station in Hassan's Paduvalahippe.
Elections in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls was held on April 11 while the remaining 5 phase will vote on — 3rd phase April 23, 4th phase April 29, 5th phase May 6, 6th phase on May 12 and 7th phase May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.