Late Congress leader Ambareesh's wife Sumalatha has decided to contest the Lok Sabha election as an Independent candidate from Mandya constituency. In Karnataka, there is a coalition government of Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S). Mandya constituency seat has been offered to Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) as part of the alliance with Congress. Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil has been contesting from this constituency. As South Indian multi-lingual actress Sumalatha, widow of late Karnataka Congress leader M.H. Ambareesh, was denied ticket from Congress, she has decided to contest as an independent candidate.