12 May, 2021

The Fight For India's IT Hub

Bangalore's three urban seats kindled much suspense and speculation.

The Fight For India's IT Hub

So we have it ­finally. No Deve Gowda from Bangalore North, no Narendra Modi from Bangalore South. Rarely have the city’s three urban seats kindled such suspense and speculation ahead of a Lok Sabha election. Especially Bangalore South, where tradition and technology cohabitate. This seat, which was held by the late Ananth Kumar since 1996, is a BJP stronghold—even Nandan Nilekani couldn’t swing it for the Congress five years ago. A decade ago, India’s budget airline pioneer Capt Gopinath too had tried his luck as an Independent and failed. However, with Kumar’s passing in November, there’s been a bit of a dilly-­dallying by the BJP. First, his wife Tejas­wini was a frontrunner for the seat. The party, even while it ann­ounced candidates for the bulk of Karnataka’s 28 seats, kept everyone guessing about Bangalore South—amid rum­ours that Modi would ­contest. Finally, with hours to go for nominations to close, it picked a young face, 28-year-old Tejasvi Surya (in pic) as candidate.

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