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BJP announces 28-year-old Tejasvi Surya for Bengaluru South

Tejasvi Surya: In a surprise move, the BJP has fielded young face Tejasvi Surya from the prestigious Bengaluru South Lok Sabha seat, which was widely expected to go to Tejaswini Ananthkumar, the widow of Union minister Ananthkumar who passed away in November last year. The minister had won six straight terms from Bengaluru South between 1996 and 2014.

While not much light was shed on the choice of Mr. Surya over Ms. Kumar, it all started on Saturday during a Central Election Committee (CEC) meet in New Delhi, when Mr. Surya’s name came up and was discussed. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name was doing rounds as candidate from the seat.

Ms. Kumar was expected to file her nomination papers on Monday but she held back as her name hadn’t been cleared.

Mr. Surya will now take on B.K. Hariprasad of the Congress in Bengaluru South, a seat consistently held by the BJP and by the late Ananth Kumar in particular.

The Karnataka BJP had also recommended only one name to the party high command — that of Tejaswini — who is hugely popular in the constituency through her NGO. State BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa had also backed her fully and till last week, the announcement of her candidature was being seen as just a matter of formality.

The decision announced late Monday night ends wide speculation around the electoral debut of Tejaswini Ananth Kumar, the wife of late sitting MP Ananth Kumar. Tejaswini had been recommended for the seat by the state party unit.

In anticipation of the party’s choice, Tejaswini had tweeted on Monday afternoon to reaffirm her commitment to the BJP.

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On the same lines let’s all abide by the decision of the central leadership & work towards,” she tweeted.

The JD(S), which was allotted the constituency when the seat-sharing deal was struck, decided to hand it back to the Congress, as it was unable to find a suitable candidate to field here after party supremo H D Deve Gowda decided to contest from Tumker.

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