Home / Elections / Lok Sabha Elections 2019 /  BJP picks Tejasvi Surya over Tejaswini Ananth Kumar for Bengaluru South seat

Bengaluru: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday named Tejasvi Surya, the general secretary of its youth wing as its candidate for Bengaluru South constituency. The party announcing its choice in the early hours of Tueday after deliberating for days over the candidate who will be seen continuing the legacy of late Ananth Kumar, who has held this seat since 1996.

"OMG OMG!!! I can't believe this.

PM of world's largest democracy & President of largest political party have reposed faith in a 28 yr old guy to represent them in a constituency as prestigious as B'lore South. This can happen only in my BJP. Only in #NewIndia of @narendramodi," he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Surya says he was groomed by the late Ananth Kumar and his wife, Tejaswini who was also in the race for the seat

"Ananthkumar Ji & @Tej_AnanthKumar ma'am have groomed me from my high school days. I had pestered Tejaswini ma'am to send me on Jan Chetna Yatra along with AK Ji. She somehow convinced Sir to take me along. I saw my first Bharat Darshan. You both have made me the man I am today," he tweeted.

The decision to go with Surya comes after the party had convinced Kumar's wife , Tejaswini Ananth Kumar, to take up the mantle.

"My urge all the BJP karyakartas, friends and well wishers who are anxious and upest & still visting our house in large numbers

Time to show we are a 'party with a difference'.We are all committed to tread the path of ideology.

And work for #NamoAgain2019 #ಮೋದಿಮತ್ತೊಮ್ಮೆ" Tejaswini wrote on Twitter.

She had indicated that she may not be the party's choice on Monday but the BJP was yet to decide.

Surya who is also a member of the national social media team will take on B.K.Hariprasad of the Congress.

The party had chosen Surya over not just Tejaswini but also local BJP legislators and is likely to face some resistance against its decision to overlook some of them. 

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