Bangalore South MP candidates: Choose from first-timer, Rajya Sabha MP, Kannadiga firebrand and more

BJP's Tejasvi Surya and INC's Hari Prasad are both surprise candidates in Bangalore South, known to be a conservative constituency. Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj is also contesting from here.

Bangalore South comprises eight assembly constituencies – Basavanagudi, Bommanahalli, BTM Layout, Chickpet, Govindarajanagar, Jayanagar, Padmanabhanagar and Vijayanagar.

The constituency is considered largely conservative and traditional, more so areas like Jayanagar and Basavanagudi. But it also has a fairly large migrant population, many of whom work in the city’s IT sector, in areas like BTM Layout and Bommanahalli. The constituency has been a BJP stronghold for long.

Find which wards comes under the Bangalore South parliamentary constituency.

According to the website of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Karnataka, as of 16th January, the constituency had 21,66,445 voters – 11,29,388 male, 10,36,718 female and 339 others.

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Know your Candidates

Twenty five candidates are contesting from Bangalore South this time, of whom 11 represent political parties and 14 are independents. Find the links to their affidavits towards the end of this article.

Election Commission of India (ECI) had rejected nine nominations from the constituency. Only one woman is contesting from here this time as against four in the 2014 election.

B K Hari Prasad, INC

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B K Hari Prasad is currently a Rajya Sabha member.

Assets and liabilities

(includes that of the candidate, his spouse and dependents)

Year Assets Liabilities
2019 Rs 15.08 Crores
(Movable Assets: 0.46 Crores
Immovable Assets: 14.62 Crores
Rs 3.44 Crores
2014 6.02 Crores Nil

A resident of Malleshwaram, Hari Prasad has been a member of the Rajya Sabha four times – 1990-1996, 2004-2010, 2013-2014 (after the resignation of Anil Lad who had got elected as an MLA from Bellary), 2014-present.

An overview of his participation in Rajya Sabha between 2009 and 2019:

  • Debates: 114
  • Questions: 676
  • Private Member’s Bill: 3
  • Attendance: 85%

Find more details here.

Since 1980, Hari Prasad has been associated with many official bodies including the Karnataka Slum Clearance Board, Central Silk Board, Indo-Turkey Parliamentary Group etc., at different times and in various capacities.

He was in the news recently for his controversial remark that the Pulwama terror attack had happened because of some sort of “match-fixing” between the prime minsters of India and Pakistan.

Hari Prasad kickstarted his campaign from Basavanagudi on 1st April.

☛ Citizen Matters’ profile and recent interview with BK Hariprasad: Click here.

Tejasvi Surya L S, BJP

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Currently the state General Secretary of the BJP’s youth wing Yuva Morcha, Tejasvi Surya, 28, is one of the youngest candidates this election. Surya has got into controversies over his hardline Hindutva position and his call to build a Hindu Rashtra.

Assets and liabilities

Year Assets Liabilities
2019 Rs 13.46 lakhs
(Movable Assets: 13.46 lakhs
Immovable assets: Nil)

☛ Citizen Matters’ profile and recent interview of Tejasvi Surya: Click here

Vatal Nagaraj, Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha

A three-time MLA from Chamarajanagar assembly constituency, Vatal Nagaraj is known for his hardline pro-Kannada stand. He is believed to have held over 10,000 protests for the cause of Karnataka and Kannada.

Hailing from Vatala in Mysore district, Nagaraj had started his political career in Bengaluru as a corporator in 1964. The symbol of his party, the Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha, is slippers.

Nagaraj was an MLA from Chamarajanagar constituency in 1989-1994, 1994-1999, and 2004-2008. He had contested in the 2009 Lok Sabha election from Bangalore South parliamentary constituency, but had lost. In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Nagaraj had supported Congress candidates.

Assets and liabilities

Year Assets Liabilities
Lok Sabha 2019 Rs 6.5 cr
(Movable Assets: Rs 12.6 lakh)
Immovable Assets: Rs 6.4 cr)
Rs 13 lakh
Karnataka assembly election 2018 Rs 15.59 cr
(Movable Assets: Rs 7.3 lakh)
Immovable Assets: Rs 15.52 cr)
Rs 16 lakh
Lok Sabha 2009 Rs 2.27 cr
(Movable Assets: Rs 5 lakh)
Immovable Assets: Rs 2.22 cr)

Vatal Nagaraj is no stranger to the media. He has got media coverage many times over the decades. Last December, Nagaraj held a protest, demanding representation of leaders from Belagavi, urging the government to appoint a second deputy CM from north Karnataka to address the regional imbalance.

Vatal is also known as a “serial protestor” and is quite famous for his novel style of protests, using props ranging from donkeys to commodes. He is well-known for his many calls for bandhs, from the 60’s protests against the release of other-language movies dubbed to Kannada, to that against the release of Cauvery water to other states.

Full list of candidates

Candidate Name 

(click on the name for affidavit)

Political Party Symbol
L S TEJASVI SURYA, 28, BAL, LLB; Advocate Bharatiya Janata Party Lotus
B K HARI PRASAD, 64, B Com, Rajya Sabha MP Indian National Congress Hand
VATAL NAGARAJ, 70, SSLC, Social worker Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha Chappals
A RAJU, 58, B.Com, Bank employee Bahujan Samaj Party (Ambedkar) Elephant
DR JOHN BASCO PHILIPS, 47, Diploma (Electronics Engineering), Self-employed Indian Christian Front Grapes
THYAGARAJ, 35, SSLC, Self employed/ Social activities Republican Sena Sewing machine
NITESH KRISHNANAND POLEPALLI aka Ahoratra Natesha Polepalli, 51, PUC, Practises astrology/numerology Uttama Prajakeeya Party Auto rickshaw
DR BANUPRAKASH A S, 43, MBBS, Neurosurgeon Pyramid Party of India Pineapple
RAVIKUMARA T, 37, BE (IEM), Business – cab and transportation services Pragatishil Samajwadi Party (Lohia) Key
R SHEKAR, 48, 9th standard, Auto driver Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi Pot
SYED SADIQ PASHA, 44, 9th standard, Company Proprietor Karnataka Karmikara Paksha Bread Toaster
AMBROSE D MELLO, 51, MA in Kannada Comparitive Literature, Selling books Independent Slate
B CHICKKA NAGESHA, 61, SSLC, Real estate and commission basis Independent  Electric pole
CHETAN CHAMAN, 36, BA, Business Independent Coconut farm
K C NAGABHUSHANA REDDY, 51, BE (Mech), Business and Agriculture Independent Balloon
PRASHANTHA C, 30, LLB, MBA (HR); Farmer / Agricultural activities Independent Pen nib with seven rays
BRAHMANANDA N, 52, Below 10th standard, self-employed/social income Independent Tiller
BHAGYA S, 43, Diploma, Proprietrix of Annapoorna Enterprises Independent Battery Torch
MANOHAR SADAHALLI NAGARAJ IYER, 40, B Sc (Electronics), Agriculture/ Director of Saptham Food and Beverages Pvt. Ltd., Proxim Technologies Ltd Independent Tractor Chalata Kissan
MADESH V, 43, PUC, Bakery (Condiments) Independent Gas Cylinder
MANJUNATHA K, 38, BE, Engineer Independent Batsman
YOGEESH NAGARAJ, 35, PUC, Small business Independent Helmet
VENKATESH BHOVI G, 58, SSLC, Journalist Independent Bat
B SREENIVASULU, 41, MCA, Software Engineer Independent Cup and Saucer
SANTHOSH MIN B, 33, B Tech (Electronics & Telecommunications), Unemployed Independent Diamond

2014 Lok Sabha election

In the 2014 election, of the 19.9 lakh registered voters (10.5 lakh men, 9.4 lakh women and 320 others), only 55.75 percent i.e. around 11 lakh people, voted. These voters comprised 5.9 lakh men, 5.1 lakh women, 19 others, and 1445 postal voters.

Nineteen candidates had contested from the constituency overall, of whom 17 forfeited their deposits. Ananth Kumar of BJP had won the election, with over 57 percent votes. That was the fifth time Kumar had been elected from this constituency. The seat has remained empty since his death last November.

Candidate Name Party Votes secured Percentage vote share
Ananth Kumar BJP 6,33,816 57.29
Nandan Nilekani INC 4,05,241     36.63
Ruth Manorama JD(S) 25,677 2.32
Nina P Nayak AAP 21,403 1.93
NOTA 7414 0.66


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