Bengaluru: She is the first woman from the Deve Gowda family to enter electoral politics. Now entering the fray for the second time, Anita Kumaraswamy, wife of former CM H.D. Kumaraswamy has shifted from Madhugiri to Chennapatna.
The legislator who has an engineering background, says she had worked behind the scenes for her husband for the last 25 years and so electoral politics is nothing new to her.
When asked about the debate in JD(S) circles on whether Mr H.D. Revanna's wife Bhavani should also enter electoral politics this time, Kumaraswamy says she has never discussed politics with Bhavani. Excerpts from an interview:
l You have an engineering background though you are married into a political family. Were you surprised when you were asked to contest a by-election from Madhugiri in 2009?
It was unexpected, but then I have been supporting my husband Mr Kumaraswamy's political activities ever since he contested the Kanakapura parliamentary election in 1996. The situation demanded that I should contest and so I did.
l But you have now decided to change your constituency?
During the Madhugiri by-election, I was told that I would have to change my constituency during the general elections. KAS officer Mr Veerabhadraiah had resigned from his post to contest the Madhugiri by-election on a JD(S) ticket, but his resignation was not accepted for political reasons. I have no second thoughts on contesting from Chennapatna now.
l There are reports that Bhavani Revanna will contest from a constituency in Hassan district. What do you have to say about it?
Nothing... I and Bhavani share a very good relationship, we have never discussed politics in the house. Whether Bhavani should contest the elections or not is left to Bhavani herself and my father-in-law and brother-in-law. I don't want to comment on rumours or give political suggestions to my sister-in-law.
l Being the first woman elected representative from your family, how would you like to position yourself in your political career?
It’s hard to say. The journey has just begun and all I have understood is that rural women face a lot of problems. It is easier for women to discuss their problems with another woman than with a man.
Our party always tried to address this problem. I am trying to build a platform in the party, where we specifically address problems faced by women. The idea has not yet taken concrete shape. Let us see how it shapes up in future.