Shivarajkumar refused to be drawn into a controversy regarding Kumar Bangarappa's comments against his wife Geetha contesting the Lok Sabha elections. Kumar Bangarappa and Geetha are siblings and children of late chief minister S Bangarappa.
The Bangarappa family has been involved in serious charges and counter-charges between brothers Kumar Bangarappa and Madhu Bangarappa. Madhu Bangarappa is in JDS and Geetha is also contesting on JDS ticket from Shimoga. Kumar Bangarappa is in Congress and may contest as an independent. Kumar Bangarappa had alleged that Dr Rajkumar was against politics and did not want his family members to contest elections. He had said that if Geetha contests election the curse of Rajkumar will fall on them. Geetha will be filing nomination papers of Monday.
On Sunday morning, the couple visited the Circle Maramma Temple and Dr Rajkumar samadhi. Asked pointedly about Kumar Bangarappa's statements, Shivanna said, "I do not wish to speak about that." It may be recalled that some fans had also protested against Geetha contesting elections.