Manorama hopes for miracle win in B'lore South

For social activist Ruth Manorama, it was a pleasant surprise on Monday, when JD(S) national president H D Deve Gowda called her up, asking her to come and collect the ‘B’ form from the party to contest from the Bangalore South constituency.

Unmindful of the fact that the JD(S) was asking her to contest after exhausting all options, Manorama was confident that the JD(S) support would help her secure a sizeable number of votes in the constituency.

While being non-commital about her future in the JD(S), suggesting that she may restrict her association with the party only till the end of these elections, Manorama said that she will try to be the voice of the common man and marginalised sections of the society in the midst of a battle which will be between two elitists of the BJP and Congress.

“I will try to provide an alternative to the battle between a Hindutva man (Ananth Kumar) and a capitalist (Nandan Nilekani). As a social worker, I have done a lot of work for the downtrodden in the society. I am hoping that this will translate into votes for me,” she told Deccan Herald.

Manorama, who is entering electoral politics for the second time in over 10 years after having contested the Assembly elections from the erstwhile Bharathinagar constituency and lost, is going to file her nominations at the BBMP office in Jayanagar on Wednesday at 2 pm. While JD(S) sources suggest that they do not expect to win in the Bangalore South constituency, Manorama says “miracles do happen.”

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