BJP MP Tejasvi Surya courts controversy with new office space in Bengaluru1 min read . Updated: 20 Sep 2019, 05:35 PM IST
- The young Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP is currently in the flood-affected district of Belagavi
- The 1,000 sq ft-odd space is owned by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and had been allocated to Jayanagar Shaikshanika Samithi
BENGALURU : Tejasvi Surya, the 28-year-old member of Parliament from Bengaluru South, found himself embroiled in a controversy after he decided to convert a portion of a library into his office in the city's upscale Jayanagar area.
While he is being accused of taking over a place meant for underprivileged children to gather and prepare for exams, his team has dismissed these claims.
"The library is in the first and second floor. The place where classes are taken has a separate entrance and we are only using an unused area of the building," said one of Surya's staff.
The young Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP is currently in the flood-affected district of Belagavi and could not be reached for comment.
Surya's decision not to continue in the office of late Ananth Kumar, just a few kilometers away, raised doubts over the young leader’s willingness to be associated with the legacy of his predecessor.
"Ananth Kumar's office is old and dilapidated. There is not enough parking as well," said another staff, adding the location they have secured now has space for parking and is more centrally located. "The office does not disturb the library or classes."
The 1,000 sq ft-odd space is owned by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and had been allocated to Jayanagar Shaikshanika Samithi (Jayanagar education committee). The BBMP allotted this office to the MP around a month ago.
Some Right to Information (RTI) activists have threatened to bring the matter to the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.