Bengaluru, May 23: Tejasvi Surya, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s youngest candidate, won in the Bengaluru South constituency by a huge margin of 3,31,192 votes against Rajya Sabha MP and veteran Congress leader BK Hariprasad
With this the saffron party retained its bastion in Bengaluru. 28-year-old Tejasvi Surya secured 7,39,229 votes, while Billava stalwart BK Hariprasad won 4,08,037 votes.
The Bengaluru South seat has been considered a ‘safe seat’ for the BJP, as its voters had sent Union minister Ananth Kumar to the Lok Sabha six times. After his death last year, it was widely expected that his wife Tejaswini Ananth Kumar would be given the party’s ticket from the constituency.
The choice of Surya came as a surprise to many, including, it seems, the candidate himself, who posted a series of tweets that began with “OMG OMG!!! I can’t believe this”, after the news broke.
Surya, the general secretary of the BJP’s youth wing in Karnataka and part of its national social media campaign team for 2019, also got a lot of attention for many divisive, communal tweets that Twitter users dug out from his timeline.
In April, Surya got an injunction against 49 media outlets reporting anything that could be “defamatory” to him. The Karnataka high court later set aside this injunction.
28-yr-old Tejasvi Surya defeats BK Hariprasad in Bengaluru South by 3.31 lakh margin