Bangalore South voter guide: Candidates and constituency info

With the new delimitation of the 243 wards, the Bengaluru South constituency now borders Padmanabhanagara and Rajarajeshwari Nagar. 

Find out how Bangalore South Assembly Constituency is faring and what the major issues in this constituency are. Learn about the incumbent MLA M. Krishnappa (BJP) and other candidates, including AAP’s Ashok Mruthyunjaya and Congress’s RK Ramesh.

About the constituency

The Bangalore South constituency, which is part of the Bommanahalli BBMP zone, consists of wards Uttarahalli, Subramanyapura, Konankunte, RBI Layout and Gottigere. It falls within the Bengaluru Rural Lok Sabha constituency and is spread across 234.45 sq. km. With the new delimitation of the 243 wards, the constituency now borders Padmanabhanagara and Rajarajeshwari Nagar. 

The recently extended Green Line of Namma Metro from Yelachenahalli to Silk Institute falls within the Konankunte ward, and the proposed Pink Line (21.25 km), which is set to be operational in March 2025 will connect Gottigere to Nagwara. 

The current Member of the Legislative Assembly from this constituency is Bharatiya Janata Party’s M. Krishnappa, who won the 2018 Assembly Elections.

At a glance

Constituency NameBangalore South
Constituency No176
Constituency Area (in sq.km)234.45 sq. km
Number of voters650,532
Male voters344,268
Female voters306,165
Other voters99

Data for all 28 constituencies can be found here. Corresponding source: ceo.karnataka.gov.in

Key issues in the constituency

Residents of Gottigere were agitated over the number of sinkholes that appeared on the arterial roads of the ward, and BBMP and BWSSB’s inaction against these. Similarly, residents flagged another incident where a portion of another road, on the Ittamadu stretch of the constituency, caved in. 

Gottigere residents are also concerned about the state of the Gottigere Lake, which is part of the Koramangala- Challaghatta valley. It is currently being subjected to the unfiltered entry of sewage, garbage dumping and poor maintenance.

The Turahalli forest, which borders the Bangalore South and Rajarajeshwarinagar constituency, caught fire last month. The fire gutted nearly 10 acres of the dense thicket, taking the forest officials nearly three to four hours to douse it. This has led to mounting concerns over the biodiversity in Turahalli, which is one of the last remaining urban forests in the city. A few years ago, residents also prevented a tree park from being constructed in the forest. 

In the vicinity, the state of Uttarahalli’s Subramanyapura lake has concerned several living nearby. The lake, which had been reduced to a frothing mess, is now rife with rampant encroachments and attempts at land grab. In June 2022, the Karnataka High Court intervened and directed the Karnataka Tank Conservation and Development Authority Act and remove the encroachments in the lake. 

Key parameters – How does this constituency fare?

*Based on their performance in each sector, constituencies are divided into three groups. High=top nine constituencies; Medium = mid nine constituencies; Low = bottom nine constituencies. A ‘High’ rating does not necessarily mean the constituency is doing well; it only means that the constituency is among the top nine constituencies for that parameter.


While there maybe a number of PHCs within a constituency, the real state is reflected by the availability of staff and their capacity, distribution and access of these facilities within the area, the availability of free medicines, availability of equipment and diagnostic facilities, efforts in preventive/promotive healthcare and community participation, in addition to the process challenges of insistence on documentation like Aadhar, taayi card. 

Schooling

Metrics / CountRating*
38 govt schools, 103 private schools Low

There is one government or public school for every 6.25 sq. km of the 234 sq. km constituency. 

Mobility

Metrics / CountRating*
298 bus stops Low
10.8 bus trips for every 100 residentsLow

Across these 298 bus stops, the BMTC is essaying 63,057 trips, which are nearly 10.8 trips per 100 residents. As this is insufficient, it receives a low rating. There are nearly 300 bus stops for the whole region, i.e 127.3 bus stops per unit area.

Across these 298 bus stops, the BMTC is essaying 63,057 trips, which are nearly 10.8 trips per 100 residents. As this is insufficient, it receives a low rating. 

Citizen engagement

Metrics / CountRating*
Voter turnout 
2013: 56.03%
2018: 43.67%
No Rating
166 ward meetings heldMedium

Health

We have not rated public health infrastructure as the data available was inadequate, and the data is simply presented as is.

Metrics / CountRating*
7 UPHCs
4 Namma Clinics
4 BBMP Health centres
70 Anganwadis, 1 Anganwadi

Please note that the number of PHCs or Namma Clinic within a constituency is not sufficient to draw conclusions about the state of healthcare. We also need data on the availability of staff and their capacity, medicines, equipment, diagnostic facilities. Quality is also determined by the distribution and access of these facilities within the area, the efforts in preventive/promotive healthcare and community participation, in addition to the process challenges, for e.g., insistence of Aadhar or Thayi cards.

Click here for the details on how all constituencies fare and their source(s)

Constituency map

Bengaluru South constituency map

Citizen demands

Among media reports concerning the constituency, the main demands of the residents reflect the need for better and resilient road infrastructure and efficient management of the region’s lakes. Regarding the latter, residents have filed PILs for Subramanayapura and Gottigere lakes for better management of the urban commons. 

Most of the concerns expressed revolve around the protection and maintenance of several lakes that fall within the constituency’s bounds. This stems from instances where despite the rejuvenation work undertaken, sewage is reported to have entered the Gubbalala Lake. The BWSSB has been requested to construct underground drainage and sewer systems in the villages surrounding the lake. 
Similarly, several fish died in Kothnur Lake due to sewage entering the lake through stormwater drains. Activists in the area had demanded that action be taken against industries that do not follow norms about sewage disposal.

Incumbent MLA: M Krishnappa

The sitting MLA of Bengaluru South, M Krishnappa from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) began his political career in 1983 and was elected first in the 2006 Zilla Panchayat elections from Uttarahalli. In 2005-06, he served as a member of Zilla Panchayat and on the Uttarahalli government schools’ betterment committee. He has also been the Vice President of the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) consecutively in 2011 and 2013. He was a member of the Karnataka Assembly in 2008 and 2013.

Work in the term

Alongside former chief minister and JD-S leader H D Kumaraswamy, former urban development minister S Suresh Kumar, Shantinagar MLA N A Haris, Krishnappa visited the lakes in Bengaluru South taluk to oversee the anti-encroachment drive. He also inaugurated the streetlights in Neeladri and the Bangalore one centre at Konankunte during his term.

In the news

  1. In 2014, Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao had declared that the BJP legislator “should not hold the post,” after the then two-time MLA from Bengaluru South M Krishnappa was accused of illegally denotifying 36 guntas of land in Uttarahalli village. He was accused of misusing his official position for personal gain, and the Lokayukta was investigating the allegations. Shortly after, then Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala rejected the Lokayukta report on M. Krishnappa, stating that “misuse of office was committed during the legislator’s previous term as MLA and that could not be used to disqualify him now. The case was closed following this
  2. In May 2020, the legislator also adopted an elephant and a tigress to support ex-situ conservation at the Bannerghatta National Park, and to increase funds for the same.
  3. Further, data, as of May 2022, shows that M. Krishnappa was among the BJP MLAs who received a bigger share of funds under the CM Nagarothana scheme.
  4. Out of the Rs.6,000 crore that was earmarked for infrastructure development of the city, MLAs from the ruling party were said to have “received a lion’s share.” Krishnappa received Rs.206 crore. The government justified this allocation, stating that the elected BJP legislators were majorly from constituencies that were on the outskirts, and “needed a lot of development.”

Questions raised in the Assembly

  1. In the 2021 December session of the assembly, M. Krishnappa questioned the Hon’ble Minister of Public Works about the road development work from Bannerghatta to Jigani undertaken by the Karnataka Road Development Corporation, Bangalore Division.
  2. He had also raised questions regarding the provision of necessary infrastructure for the government degree college for residents in the Arehalli jurisdiction.
  3. He asked CM Basavaraj Bommai about the provision of drinking water connections under the Cauvery Water Supply Scheme Stage 5 project for the municipal areas of Konappa Agrahara and Doddatoguru towns.
  4. He also called the CM and the Minister of Heavy and Medium Industries’ attention to the steps taken to develop the link road between Jigani-Bommasandra

List of candidates

Incumbent MLA M Krishnappa (BJP) 

  • Education: Passed 10th standard, SSLC, JSS school
  • Profession: Legislator
  • Online: Twitter- @MLAMkrishnappa, website- mkrishnappa.in, Instagram- @m_krishnappa_official
  • Net worth: Rs.26 crore
  • Political experience: Member of Zilla Panchayat, Vice President of the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) consecutively in 2011 and 2013.

Wealth declaration

DetailsHoldings in 2018Holdings in 2023Change in %
Movable assetsRs 5. 32 CrRs 11.19 Cr110% increase
Immovable assetsRs 29.3 CrRs 42. 05 Cr43.39% increase
Liabilities Rs 7. 85 CrRs 6. 05 Cr22.8% decrease
TotalRs 26. 78 CrRs 47.19 Cr76% increase

Source: https://affidavit.eci.gov.in

Candidate: Ashok Mruthyunjaya (AAP)

  • Education: Bcom, PGDBM, Advanced DBM, Diploma in IFRS (ACCA- UK)
  • Profession: Senior Finance Manager at Amazon India Limited.
  • Online: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook- @ashokmruthyu
  • Net worth: Rs.1 crore
  • Political Experience: Bangalore Vice President from AAP who worked with the party for the last 4 years in certain parts of Bengaluru and protested against the existing MLA, which got several issues fixed

Candidate: RK Ramesh (INC)

  • Education: 10th pass
  • Profession: Business
  • Online: Facebook- RK Ramesh.official, Instagram- rkramesh_inc
  • Net worth: Rs.35 crore
  • Political Experience: No political experience apart from MLA candidacy

Full list of candidates

https://affidavit.eci.gov.in

Past election results

2018CandidateSexPartyAgeVote Share (%)
1M KrishnappaMaleBJP6046.01%
2R.K RameshMaleINC36.83%
3R PrabhakareddyMaleJD(S)4710.91%
2013CandidateSexPartyAgeVote Share (%)
1M KrishnappaMaleBJP5546.01%
2R PrabhakareddyMaleJD(S)4210.91%
3Dr. Tejaswini GowdaFemaleINC5725.46%

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Comments:

  1. srinivas A says:

    Informative. Hope such content will be provided for other constituencies of Bangalore as well. It will be good to know the list of wards (as of now), the basis for Citizen demands (e.g., interactions with Resident Welfare Associations).

  2. k natarajan says:

    past election results of candidates for 2013 and 2018 herein shows same age in both tables! for example Mr. Krishnappa BJP 60 years of age in 2013 and 2018.it’s preferable to know exact age and also net worth of candidates for the year 2023.

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