Noted actor and BJP leader Malavika Avinash wants to test political waters this time and is planning to contest from Mysuru. If reports are to be believed, Malavika Avinash hopes to contest from the Krishnaraja Assembly constituency.
In fact, the BJP leaders have already rented out a house in Krishnamurthypuram and would be moving soon, once the house is ready. Recently, in her interview to the Star of Mysore, Malavika had stated that her actor-husband Avinash is keen to settle down in Mysuru. Avinash hails from Yelandur in Chamarajanagar district.
Rumours are rife that former minister SA Ramdas is one of the strong contenders for a ticket from the constituency. Ramdas has been contesting from the constituency since 1994. He has represented the party from the constituency on 1994, 1999 and 2008. Other names doing the rounds are HV Rajiv, Phaneesh, Shivaprakash and Srivatsa. In the last election, Rajiv had unsuccessfully contested from the then Karnataka Janatha Party (KJP) from the constituency.
Malavika Avinash rose to fame through female-oriented roles in several television serials in both Kannada and Tamil. However, these days, she has engrossed herself in the party activities.
While she is one of the most articulate members in the party, her statements have often landed her in controversies. Recently, she invited wrath for defending the Central government's GST on sanitary napkins while the tax on sindoor and bangles were exempted. She was trolled by women for her statements. Some even asked if Malavika even used clothes during the periods. "Feminists end up serving the agenda of the FMCD Cos by screaming against GST on sanitary pads!" from a woman activist comes as a surprise, was how one reacted. However, Malavika later issued a clarification that her words were misunderstood.