Bangalore Central MP candidates: Choose from MLC, two-term MP, outspoken actor, and more

P C Mohan, the BJP candidate who had won the last two elections from Bangalore Central, is contesting again this time. Yet, MLC Rizwan Arshad, the Congress candidate, is hopeful. Actor Prakash Raj, who has been in the news for his political views, is also contesting from here

Bangalore Central is a rather new Lok Sabha constituency carved out in 2008, as part of ‘delimitation’. It was created out of the former Bangalore North and Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituencies.

Bangalore Central comprises eight assembly constituencies – Rajajinagar, Chamrajpet, Gandhinagar, Shivajinagar, Shantinagar, Sarvagnanagar, CV Raman Nagar and Mahadevpaura. In the 2018 assembly election, Congress had won five of these constituencies – Sarvagnanagar, Shivajinagar, Shanthinagar, Gandhinagar and Chamarajpet. BJP had won the other three – CV Raman Nagar, Rajajinagar and Mahadevapura. This was a step up for the Congress, which had won only four seats in the 2013 assembly election.

Find which wards fall under the Bangalore Central parliamentary constituency.

According to the website of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Karnataka, as of 16th January, Bangalore Central had 21,34,497 voters –  11,17,901 male, 10,31,562 female and 384 others.

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Note – Map for representation purpose | Source – http://datameet.org

The majority of voters in this constituency are linguistic and religious minorities. For example, Shivajinagar, Ulsoor, Gandhinagar and Seshadripuram have large Tamil populations. Gandhinagar has a sizable population of Telugus and Marwaris, and also Muslims and Christians.

Large slums, the Central Business District, gated communities in newer areas like Bellandur and Whitefield, are all part of this constituency. It is also a “microcosm” of the national IT industry, as it is the hub of some of the biggest multinationals that employ lakhs of people and drive the economy.

While Mahadevapura is a hub of software corporates, Shivajinagar and Gandhinagar are busy commercial areas. Gandhinagar is also the central location for many film production houses and theatres. Shantinagar and CV Raman Nagar are residential hotspots. Rajajinagar and Chamarajpet are older areas with a number of educational institutions, industries, wedding halls and temples.

Know your candidate

There are 22 candidates from Bangalore Central. The 2019 election is a three-cornered fight between the BJP, Congress and independent candidate Prakash Raj.

P C Mohan

Pic credit: Facebook

P C Mohan, the sitting MP of Bangalore Central, is BJP’s candidate this election too. Mohan was elected from this constituency in the last two Lok Sabha elections, in 2009 and 2014. Earlier, he was the MLA of Chickpet assembly constituency for two terms, from 1999 to 2008.

Assets and liabilities

Year Assets Liabilities
2019 Rs 65.5 cr
(Movable assets: Rs 25.46 cr
Immovable assets: Rs 40 cr)
Rs 31.2 cr
2014 Rs 47.5 cr Rs 26.1 cr
2009 Rs 5.37 cr Rs 3.28 cr

(Sources: myneta.infoECI)

An overview of his participation in Lok Sabha in the current term (2014-2019):

  • Attendance: 83 percent
  • Number of debates participated in: 21
  • Number of questions asked: 315
  • Private Member’s Bills introduced: 0

More at: PRS MP Tracker

Since 2009, Mohan has been a member of various committees in Lok Sabha, such as the Standing Committee on Urban Development, Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes, Committee on Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). Mohan was reported to be instrumental in introducing suburban rail services between Bengaluru City and Whitefield, and DEMU services in the Banaswadi-Whitefield and Banaswadi-Hosur routes.

Citizen Matters could not get an interview with P C Mohan despite repeated attempts.

☛ Citizen Matters’ profile and analysis of PC Mohan’s work, 2019: Click here

☛ Citizen Matters’ interview of PC Mohan, 2009: Click here

Rizwan Arshad

Congress candidate Rizwan Arshad is a Member of the Legislative Council (MLC). He had contested from Bangalore Central in 2014, but had lost to P C Mohan. He then got elected as MLC in 2016. He is currently the Chairman of the Communications Department of KPCC, and was formerly the President of the Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress. Son of an advocate father and a literature teacher, Arshad is a Commerce graduate who started his career through student politics from 1995-96.

Assets and liabilities

Year Assets Liabilities
2019 Rs 15.8 cr
(Movable assets: Rs 1.6 cr
Immovable assets: Rs 14.2 cr)
Nil
2014 Rs 3.14 cr Nil

(Sources: myneta.info, ECI)

As MLC, Rizwan Arshad has been vocal about the need to fund infrastructure and development works. He says that BBMP had announced a permanent fund of Rs 175 crore for the IT corridor based on his suggestions. Recently he had supported Bellandur residents’ long-pending demand for bus services to the IT corridor. BMTC introduced the services last month, after receiving a representation from Arshad.

        ☛ Citizen Matters’ recent interview and profile of Rizwan Arshad: Click here

        ☛ Citizen Matters’ profile of Rizwan Arshad, 2014: Click here

Prakash Raj

Pic: Wikipedia

Actor and activist Prakash Raj grew up in Shanthinagar. A vocal critic of right-wing politics, especially following the death of his journalist friend Gowri Lankesh, Prakash Raj has been vocal on many issues such as the Sabarimala controversy. He has also been actively involved in developmental work in schools and villages. He has said that he joined politics to catalyse change. 

Assets and liabilities

Year Assets Liabilities
2019 Rs 31.5 cr
(Movable assets: Rs 4.9 cr
Immovable assets: Rs 26.5 cr)
Rs 3.8 cr

(Source: ECI)

Prakash Raj has been a vocal critic of both the Congress and the BJP. Calling himself a popular activist rather than an actor, Prakash Raj is convinced that he would be able to win people’s goodwill through his work. He is vocal about the major issues of Bangalore – pollution, lake mismanagement, water crisis, education and farming. His mantra seems to be that citizens need to reclaim their voices in parliament.

☛ Citizen Matters’ profile and interview with Prakash Raj: Click here

Candidate debates:

Full list of candidates

Candidate’s Name Political Party Symbol
P C Mohan, 55, Intermediate Bharatiya Janata Party Lotus
Rizwan Arshad, 39, B.Com Indian National Congress Hand
Prakash Raj, 53, B.Com (discontinued) Independent Whistle
Mellegatti Shridevi, 41, M Ed Uttama Prajaakeeya Party Autorickshaw
Dr M K Pasha, 32, B Sc Bahujan Samaj Party Elephant
C J Aditya, 34, PUC Bharatiya Prajagala Kalyana Paksha Crane
B Krishna Prasad, 64, Nil Proutist Bloc, India Flute
Nawaz Dilber, 42, ITI Karnataka Karmikara Paksha Bread toaster
Srinivasan R, 48, B Com Indian Christian Front Grapes
K Chandrashekar Hunsur, 40, B Com Democratic Prajakranthi Party Secularist Tractor
Arun Prasad, 45, PUC Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi Pot

A Christhuraj, 41, SSLC

Independent Green chilli

Kempurajan K, 41, B Com

Independent Pressure cooker

 Jenifar J Russell, 38, B Tech

Independent Dish antenna

Pradeep Mendonca, 54, B Com

Independent Diamond

S Pandurangan, 65, SSLC

Independent Television

Francis Binny Jose, 39, BE, LLB

Independent Helmet
Independent Gas cylinder

S Mohan Kumar, 63, M Com

Independent Pen nib with seven rays

Anil Kumar Raparti, 36, B Com

Independent Envelope

C B K Rama, 43, Illiterate

Independent Almirah
Independent Calculator

2014 Lok Sabha election

In 2014, P C Mohan had won with 5.5 lakh votes, i.e., 51.85 percent of the votes cast. He had defeated Rizwan Arshad by a margin of 1.37 lakh votes (12.5 percent of votes cast). Of the 19.3 lakh electors in the constituency then, 10.7 lakhs, i.e., 55.64 percent, had turned up to vote.

Candidate Name Party Votes secured Percentage vote share
P C Mohan BJP 5,57,130 51.85
Rizwan Arshad INC 4,19,630 39.05

Source: https://www.ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in/PCELE2019/ELECTION%20STATISTICS-2014.pdf

When Mohan was elected from the constituency for the first time in 2009, he had won only 40 percent of the vote share. That election, he had defeated H T Sangliana of Congress by a narrow margin of four percent votes.

Issues in the constituency

Bangalore Central shares its civic problems with other constituencies in the city. Traffic here is chaotic. The suburban rail project which was on the backburner in this constituency for years, has now become a reality.

Residents of Mahadevapura, Sarvagnanagar and CV Raman Nagar have complained of scarce Cauvery water supply, bad streetlights, and irregular garbage clearance. It is common to see low-lying areas in Mahadevapura, Sarvagnanagar and CV Raman Nagar getting flooded during monsoons, sometimes severely, as in 2017.

The Bellandur and Varthur lakes in Mahadevapura are severely polluted, often frothing and catching fire. Citizens here have been actively lobbying to save the two lakes. Other issues in the constituency include narrow roads, absence of pavements, and encroachments by traders in commercial areas.

The constituency has active citizens’ groups such as Whitefield Rising. This group has been fighting for causes like lake rejuvenation, countering air and water pollution. Their protests against Graphite India Ltd for the pollution it caused, resulted in the factory’s shutdown. There are also activist groups in areas like Gandhinagar, that have been actively opposing the elevated corridors project.

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