Malleshwaram voter guide: Candidates and constituency info

Find out how Malleshwaram Assembly Constituency in the north-west of the city is faring and about the major issues in this constituency.

Find out how Malleshwaram Assembly Constituency is faring and what the major issues in this constituency are. Learn about the incumbent MLA Dr C N Ashwath Narayan (BJP) and other candidates – Anoop Iyengar (INC), Suman Prashanth (AAP) and Dr Suneel Hebbi (National People’s Party).

About the constituency

Malleswaram, also known as Malleswara, is situated in the North-Western part of Bengaluru. It is one of the oldest localities of the city that was planned in 1889, largely due to the Great Plague of 1898 and with the influence of the Mysore Wodeyars.

The constituency plays host to noteworthy landmarks, including IISc creating world class scientists, innumerable places of religious worship, several parks and Sankey tank, local markets and street shops on tree lined Sampige and Margosa roads. There are also shopping malls such as Mantri Square and Orion Mall, among many other landmarks that are unique to this constituency.

Being one of the older areas, Malleswaram constituency consists of citizens who actively strive to work with the local governing bodies concerning civic issues, balance in maintenance of the ecosystem, infrastructure and other developments connected to the local community.

Malleshwaram was one of the few constituencies where there was no change in the number of wards during the delimitation exercise of 2022. The constituency has 7 wards – 59-Mattikere, 60-Aramane Nagara, 61-Malleswaram, 62-Subramanya Nagar, 63-Gayithri Nagar, 64-Kadu Malleshwara and 65-Rajamahal Guttahalli.

At a glance

Constituency NameMalleswaram
Constituency No157
Constituency Area (in sq.km)13.85
Number of voters (January 2023)2,16,774
Male voters1,08,812
Female voters1,07,958
Other voters4

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

Key issues in the constituency

While Sankey tank, the only water body in Malleshwaram constituency, underwent major developments, but a large number of issues still remain. Dead fish in the lake points to sewage and garbage entering the lake. Concerns have been raised that the link bridge and the pathway construction could reduce the water holding capacity of the lake. Public toilets are another major concern.

Residents of Sankey Road say flyover beda, as the flyover, they fear, is not going to solve the traffic nightmare, but would certainly sound a death knell for its heritage trees. The government responded by filing 70 FIRs against the protestors.

On March 6 2022, to highlight the multiple problems residents are facing because of the unending work on their roads and other infrastructure for months and years. Residents of Ward 45, Malleswaram, took to the streets to conduct a peaceful walk called #SAAKU walk.

Concretisation of playgrounds led to a citizens’ protest at the 18th cross playground.

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.

Schooling

Metrics / CountRating*
18 Govt schools
1 school for 0.77 sq. km

Malleshwaram is among the mid-tier nine constituencies in terms of government schools.

Mobility

Metrics / CountRating*
2 Metro Stations No rating
50 Bus StopsMedium
357.14 bus trips per 100 residents dailyMedium

The constituency rated ‘medium’ in terms of number of bus stops and frequency of bus trips at these stops.

Citizen engagement

Metrics / CountRating*
Voter turnout
2013: 62.33%
2018: 56.08%
10.55% decrease
7 wards held just 77 ward committee meetings in two yearsLow
11 meetings per wardLow

There is a downward trend in voter turnout in the constituency.

The constituency also rated ‘low’ in terms of ward committee meetings between 2020 and 2022. Seven wards held just 77 meetings.

Health

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

Metrics / CountRating*
4 Namma clinics
2 Urban PHCs
30 Anganwadis
1 BBMP hospital (general and maternity)

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

map of Malleshwaram constituency

Citizen demands

Some of the key demands are: walkable footpaths, last mile connectivity, parking enforcement, walk to school, ramps, cycle lanes, streetwise leaf composter’s.


Read more: Citizens for Malleshwaram constituency formulates Climate Action manifesto


Incumbent MLA: Dr C N Ashwath Narayan

A doctor by qualification, C N Ashwath Narayan has been a long-time Malleshwaram resident. He entered mainstream politics in 2004 by joining the BJP and contested from Malleshwaram constituency. He contested the assembly polls from Malleshwaram four times.

He is the Founder President, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences Employees Association, Bangalore since 2000. Chairman, Committee for drafting statutes for A&B, C&D cadre of employees of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, 2000–2002

He currently holds the position of Minister of Electronics, Information Technology – Biotechnology, Science and Technology, Higher Education, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood.

He held the post of Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka from 2019–2021.

Work in the term

  • Government educational institutions in Malleshwaram have been developed.
  • Water leakage has been reduced from 45% to 14.72 % in the Malleshwaram area.
  • A water museum has been set up at 18th Cross Malleshwaram to create public awareness about water shortage and how to use it efficiently.
  • Development of the Sankey Tank park was taken up in 2021.

In the news

  1. Higher Education Minister C N Ashwath Narayan tabled bills to set up six private universities, which were withdrawn owing to objections not only from the opposition Congress and JD(S) but also from the ruling BJP MLAs in the Karnataka Assembly.

Questions raised in the Assembly

  1. In 2020 he requested for permission to introduce the Teacher Salary in Karnataka Higher Educational Institutions and Retirement Regulation Bill.
  2. In 2021, he requested for permission to table the Chanakya University Bill
  3. In 2021, he requested for permission to table the Bill to make UVCE autonomous.

List of candidates

Incumbent MLA: Dr C N Ashwath Narayan, BJP

He has been politics since 2004, making this his fourth term, if elected.

  • Education: MBBS
  • Online: https://twitter.com/drashwathcn
  • Net worth:
  • Political experience: 4 time MLA.

Wealth declaration 

DetailsHoldings in 2018Holdings in 2023Change in %
Movable Assets4.139 Cr4.136 Cr0.06% decrease
Immovable property17.36 Cr13.41 Cr22.72% decrease
Liabilities1.13 Cr0.40 Cr64.28% decrease
Total20.36 Cr17.14 Cr15.82% decrease

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

Candidate: Anoop Iyengar, INC

An entrepreneur and businessman

  • Education: B.Com
  • Online: twitter/anoopiyengar
  • Profession: Entrepreneur, Business (Interior and construction)
  • Net worth: 4.3 Cr
  • Political Experience: First time aspirant

Candidate: Dr Suneela Hebbi, National People’s Party (NPP)

  • Education: MBBS
  • Online: twitter/drsunilkumarh
  • Profession: Practice
  • Net worth: 53.4 lakhs
  • Political Experience: NA

Candidate: Suman Prashanth, AAP

  • Education: Diploma in Journalism
  • Online: FB/sumanprashanthaap
  • Profession: Freelance Journalist, Catering business
  • Net worth: 5.61 Cr
  • Political experience: NA

Full list of candidates  

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

Past elections results

2018CandidateSexPartyAgeVote Share (%)
1Dr C N Ashwath NarayanMaleBJP5067.22%
2Kengal ShreepadharenuMaleINC5923.56%
3Madhusudhan NMaleJDS366.38
4NOTA1.74%

[Swetha R., Vishnu Dixit, Vijaypura Mahesh, Suchitra Deep, Krishna Panyam, Jairaj Mandyam, Anupama Bijur also contributed to this article]

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