After Rebel star Ambareesh, actor Shashikumar is the latest Sandalwood celebrity to join the Bellary Chalo Padayatra, which is being undertaken by the Karnataka Congress MLAs. The Congress party men were expecting him much before, but he joined the Padayatra on the tenth day when it had already crossed the half the way to Bellary and reached his Challakere constituency in Chitradurga district.
But the Kannada actor had to face the wrath of several Congress party workers of his constituency. They claimed that the actor had not visited his constituency for the past few months. They even alleged that he had not even visited during a couple of elections. They shouted slogans against him and did not allow him to take part in the Padayatra.
Shashi Kumar was spellbound and could not join the Padayatra for a while. Later, the actor denied the allegations of not visiting his constituency in front of the media. He said, "I've visited my constituency on many occasions." Talking about the people who opposed him, he said, "I don't know who they (protesters) are. There were around three to four guys and I've never seen them before. I think they are new face and unaware of my visits to the city."
However, Shashikumar was elected from Chitradurga as JD(U) candidate in Chitradurga Lok Sabha constituency in 1999 general elections. Later, he joined the Conress party in the next MLA elections in 2004 and was defeated.