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BJP puts up united face for Amit Shah in Bengaluru

BJP chief Amit Shah with Bengaluru South constituency candidate Tejaswi Surya during a road show in Bengaluru, Tuesday. (PTI)Premium
BJP chief Amit Shah with Bengaluru South constituency candidate Tejaswi Surya during a road show in Bengaluru, Tuesday. (PTI)

  • Shah takes part in a road show in Bengaluru South where the BJP has been divided over the candidature of 28-year old Tejasvi
  • Supporters at the BJP rally waited for hours for Shah to show up but were left disappointed as the party chief left without addressing them

BENGALURU : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday put up a united face before its national president Amit Shah, who took part in a road show in Bengaluru South Lok Sabha constituency where the party has been divided ever since the top leadership chose to field 28-year old L.S.Tejasvi Surya.

Hundreds of people came out to take part in the rally filled with chants about nationalism and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dressed in bright orange and waving flags with pictures of national leaders while speakers blasted party songs, the crowd waited for hours for Shah to show up but were left disappointed as the latter left without addressing the supporters.

The road show lasted about 40 minutes as Shah arrived late and had to conclude the event before 10 pm in order not to violate the poll code.

"If at 25 an IAS or IPS officer can become DC's (district collector) and SP (superintendent of police). If a person can become captain of the Indian cricket team at 26 and that age people can become start-up CEO's then a 28-year old can become the voice of Modi's young new India," Surya said earlier.

Surya’s candidature is in line with the BJP’s plan to infuse young blood into its ranks and into important positions even though the party’s senior leadership remain beyond the ambit of this assurance.

Surya will take on B.K.Hariprasad of the Congress in Bengaluru South, that has been with the BJP since 1991.

The Congress has been trying hard to wrest Bengaluru from the clutches of the BJP and help the party increase its tally nationally.

But his candidature had left divided the state leadership of the party fuming after its top brass decided against fielding Tejaswini Ananth Kumar.

Supporters of late Ananth Kumar had demanded that Surya's candidature be withdrawn and Tejaswini be brought back.

The BJP on Tuesday named Tejaswini as the vice president of the state unit to pacify the latter and her supporters.

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