Sympathy wave will see me though the polls: Kusumavati

Kusumavati, widow of C S Shivalli, who represented Kundgol in the Assembly, is a political novice. Shivalli's untimely death compelled her to contest the byelection. It was CLP leader Siddaramaiah, who persuaded her to enter the fray. Kusumavati told DH in an interaction that she solely depends on the sympathy factor to get votes. Excerpts:

On what plank have you entered the fray?

My husband has worked tirelessly for the development of the constituency. He was a three-time MLA and was also inducted into the coalition Cabinet in 2018.  Shivalli had a vision for the development of the taluk and I will step into his shoes and work as per the aspirations of the people. I want to ensure that the projects envisaged by my husband become a reality during my tenure.

How is the response for your candidature in the constituency?

Wherever I go in the constituency, there is an overwhelming response from the voters. The people here feel that I am their daughter and are backing me. Over time, my husband had won the hearts of the people in the taluk and I am confident that the same faith and trust will be reposed in me.

On what issues are you going to the electorate?

My husband had initiated several plans for the comprehensive development of the taluk. Drinking water issues will be resolved, permanent multi-village water projects will be implemented and processing units for chillies, which is the major crop here, will be established at the hobli-level.

Are you happy with the support from the Congress leaders?

The senior Congress leaders have been working day and night for my victory. The credit will go to the party’s top brass and party workers if I win the election. There is a sympathy wave too and people will vote for me.

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