Mandya Congress MLA, Ambareesh, has finally broken his silence regarding his ticket aspirations.
Speaking to the media at Kanakapura on Tuesday, Ambareesh, a veteran actor, took a dig at his party's screening process and said that he will speak about the issue only after the party releases its candidate list.
“We all know how the Congress is. Until the B forms (nomination papers) are submitted to the DC (Deputy Commissioner), there is no guarantee on tickets. The CM was supposed to meet me in Mysuru after his campaign there, but he hurt his head and the meeting didn’t happen,” Ambareesh said.
Ambareesh was referring to him remaining silent even after Karnataka election in-charge for the Congress, KC Venugopal, had written to him asking if he wished to contest the polls. Venugopal had given Ambareesh a deadline till April 8 as the central selection committee began deliberating on its candidates on Monday.
Ambareesh has not yet responded to Venugopal.
When asked why, he said that he would respond only after the candidate list is announced.
“Let them give the ticket first, then I will talk to Siddaramaiah and respond. I had spoken to Venugopal earlier, he is a good man. I have not asked tickets for candidates of my choice in four constituencies. Except for KR Pete, Maddur and Mandya constituencies, it has been decided that sitting MLAs will get tickets. If they debate about my health or some other issue, let them. Let the discussion on candidates happen first,” Ambareesh said.
Sources in the Mandya district Congress unit said that the constituents were unhappy about Ambareesh’s performance as he has not been in touch with his constituents ever since he was elected as an MLA.
“Everyone knows he does not attend the Assembly sessions. The same way, he does not visit his constituency and has never heard what the people have to say about their problems. A couple of months ago, he paid a token visit to the constituency. It was clear then that if he contests, he will definitely lose. Even internal surveys have not shown favourable results,” a Congress leader said.