The curious case of NOTA campaign against Tejasvi Surya

Tejasvi Surya and NOTA poster (Image credit: Rediff and Twitter)

The Bengaluru South parliamentary constituency had made it to national headlines last month when the BJP chose the 28-year-old Tejasvi Surya over Tejaswini Ananth Kumar, the widow of former Union minister Ananth Kumar.  Now Tejaswini has filed a police complaint over a NOTA campaign in her name, urging to vote for NOTA in high numbers for replacing her with Tejasvi.

The poster (shown in the image above) has been making rounds on WhatsApp and social media.

“Vote NOTA in Bengaluru South to support Tejaswini Ananth Kumar” the header says. Then an appeal is made to the party workers: “We all karyakartas know that Tejaswini Ananth Kumar was the most deserving candidate to become the member of Parliament from Bengaluru South. Due to the games played by the other members of the BJP she has missed the ticket and an immature, arrogant boy has taken her place. Let us vote for NOTA in high numbers to show the high command that we are all with Tejaswini Ananth Kumar Ji”.

Tejaswini on Monday termed the campaign “unfounded and malicious” in her tweet. She also told the media that she has filed a police complaint and requested the cyber crime division to take strict actions against the offenders.

The choice of state leadership to represent the seat, which her husband had been holding since 1996, Tejaswini had even begun her campaign when the last minute announcement on Tejasvi was made on March 26. Since then, she has reconciled with the party’s decision and announced her resolve to work to help Narendra Modi return to power. She has been also made Vice President of Karnataka BJP. She even appeared on stage to greet Modi in a campaign rally in Bangalore on April 13.

Incidentally Bengaluru South is considered as a BJP bastion where newbie Tejasvi Surya of the party is pitted against Congress veteran BK Hari Prasad. Despite internal differences over Tejasvi’s candidacy in the BJP, he is expected to win the seat at the end. However, the Congress has been already in the fore front of a character assassination campaign against him based on Twitter statements by a business woman.

Now there can be no prize for guessing who is behind this mischievous NOTA campaign.


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