BJP fields 28-year-old activist Tejaswi from Bengaluru South

In a surprise move, the BJP is fielding 28-year-old Yuva Morcha general secretary Tejaswi Surya as its candidate from party’s fortress Bengaluru South, from where the former union minister Ananth Kumar had won six consecutive terms. He represented the constituency, till his death last year.

Every one in the BJP expected that this seat will be given to his wife Tejaswini. But even to the shocking of state leadership, the BJP high-command taken very unexpected decision. Even the young activist was also surprised. “It’s Tejaswi and not Tejaswini!”exclaimed the Twitteratti.

Ending the suspense with just hours left for the deadline for filing nominations for the first phase of polls, the BJP central leadership announced in the early hours Tuesday the name of Tejasvi Surya, a lawyer and the head of party’s national social media campaign team.

The delay in finalising the name had even fuelled speculations that prime minister Narendra Modi might opt for Bangalore South as the second constituency, apart from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

Ending the suspense with just hours left for the deadline for filing nominations for the first phase of polls, the BJP central leadership announced in the early hours Tuesday the name of Surya, a lawyer and the head of party’s national social media campaign team.

The delay in finalising the name had even fuelled speculations that prime minister Narendra Modi might opt for Bangalore South as the second constituency, apart from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

A qualified legal professional from Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies, Surya who comes from the Brahmin joint family, soon identified with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) before moving into the Yuva morcha or youth wing of the BJP.

Surya who is originally from Chikmagalur district is the nephew of Basavanagudi legislator L. A. Ravisubramanya.

 

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