Mandya: BJP MP Pratap Simha had been caught on camera criticising Mandya MP Sumalatha Ambareesh, sparking outrage among the latter's supporters.

In the video that has gone viral, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Simha is heard saying, "She (Sumalatha) does not do any work. If there is any work related to Mandya, tell me."

The video has gone viral on social media and supporters of Sumalatha, an independent, have expressed ire against Pratap Simha.

In the video, which was recorded by a local, while conversing on his mobile phone, Pratap Simha says, "People of Mandya have voted for Sumalatha Ambareesh with the intention of defeating the family of Deve Gowda. She does not allow any work to be done. If there is any work pertaining to Mandya, tell me. That woman does not get any work done".

Meanwhile, on Monday November 16, Sumalatha said she would have responded to the remark made by Pratap Simha if he had addressed her respectably.

"He has passed a comment on the line the ‘Pete Rowdys’ (city ruffians) do. I have faced such statements during the election. No one had the courage to pass such remarks if my husband Ambareesh was alive. After he passed away, people have been issuing such statements," Sumalatha stated.

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Sumalatha said that it is natural for the people to approach MPs with various requests. "Even though K R Nagar falls under Mysuru Lok Sabha constituency, when I visit Mandya, people approach me with demands pertaining to this region. It is a normal happening and it would be wrong to give it publicity. People from that constituency keep telling me that the roads are not properly maintained, and drains are absent etc, but I have never spoken out about the MP. The people are already giving him a fitting reply in social media. Pratap Simha should take note of them before issuing statements further".