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Women In Politics: Sumalatha Ambareesh Is No Stranger To Politics

As an independent candidate from Mandya, Sumalatha Ambareesh has been successful in finding support from the Kannada film industry to carry forward the legacy of her late actor-turned-politician husband M.H Ambareesh

Women In Politics: Sumalatha Ambareesh Is No Stranger To Politics Women In Politics: Sumalatha Ambareesh Is No Stranger To Politics

Dozens of people huddle along the highway outside Krishnara­japete. A roll of firecrackers is laid out amidst the beating of drums. As soon as Sumalatha Ambareesh’s campaign convoy turns up, they crowd around her. Sumalatha, 55, is a reno­wned actress in south India, but here, she has a deeper connection with the people—she is the widow of Kannada actor-politician, M.H. Ambareesh, who won the Mandya Lok Sabha seat multiple times.

She is no stranger to polls, but this is her first contest. An independent candidate from Mandya, she is pitted against Nikhil Kumaraswamy, the JD(S)-Congress nominee and son of the Karnataka chief minister. She does a solo act, but she’s got star power on her side elsewhere in the constituency, Yash and Darshan, two of Kannada cinema’s biggest actors, are campaigning for her.

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