On Tuesday (February 28), H D Kumaraswamy, a leader of JD(S), stated that the upcoming 2028 Assembly election would be his final one. However, he plans to continue his political involvement beyond that and intends to participate in other elections.
The 63-year-old leader’s statement is being seen in some quarters as an indication about his aspiration to play an active role in national politics at a later stage.
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The clarification from the former Karnataka Chief Minister came amid some reports quoting him as saying that the upcoming 2023 Assembly polls would be his last.
“What I have said is 2028 will be my last election to the Assembly. It will be my last election to the Assembly, I have not said that I will not be in politics. I will remain in politics and face elections too,” Kumaraswamy said.
Speaking to reporters here, he said, “we cannot remain all along, decisions have to be taken in accordance to the situation, hence have said what I had to.”
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JD(S) has already announced the first list of 93 candidates for Assembly polls, likely by April or May, and Kumaraswamy will be contesting from Channapatna this time.
Responding to a question, Kumaraswamy said his father and JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda will decide regarding the ticket to the Hassan Assembly segment.
The ticket for the Hassan constituency has turned out to be a major bone of contention, as his sister-in-law Bhavani Revanna, who had thrown her hat in the ring, has not relented, despite Kumaraswamy, making it clear that she will not be fielded and has favoured a “loyal party worker” as the candidate from there.
(With agency inputs)