After years of speculation, Sandalwood Queen Ramya (Divya Spandana) has taken the political plunge by filing her nomination papers for the by-election to the Mandya Parliamentary segment as the Congress candidate on Saturday.
Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah was present in Mandya when Ramya filed her nomination papers. The Congress is using Ramya as the trump card because Mandya district is considered the citadel of the Janata Dal (Secular), led by the former PM H D Deve Gowda.
In the recently concluded Assembly elections, the Congress could manage only one seat out of the total seven seats in Mandya district. That one seat – Mandya city – was won by veteran star Amabrish, who hails from the district. Ramya also hails from the same district and she belongs to the Vokkaliga community, the second largest in the state.