BJP has secured 25 out of 28 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections while coalition partners Congress and JD(S) struggled by winning only one seat each. Sumalatha Ambareesh, the lone independent candidate, who won from Mandya, is also backed by the BJP.
The phrase was originally coined in 2016 by CM Kumaraswamy when he uttered “Nikhil ello kanthaella, ellidiyappa?,” (Nikhil, you can’t be seen, where are you?) during the launch of the music album for a movie titled ‘Jaguar’. The Kannada-Telugu bilingual film which marked Nikhil's debut in Sandalwood interestingly was produced by Kumaraswamy himself.
"At the top level, whatever alliance Congress and JD(S) may have had, on the ground, day by day, the discord among grassroots workers is growing over Nikhil's candidature. This is benefiting my mother's electoral prospects," Abhishek, Sumalatha's son said.