The Karnataka unit of the BJP has appointed Tejaswini Ananth Kuamr as Vice President of the state unit. In an effort to get her on board with the party ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, BS Yeddyurappa, state BJP president, made the announcement on Twitter just hours before BJP national president Amit Shah’s flash visit to Bengaluru.
Amit Shah is scheduled to lead a road show in support of Tejasvi Surya, BJP candidate for Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency, later in the evening. Tejaswi was picked over Tejaswini, widow of Ananth Kumar, who had held the seat since 1996, until his death in November 2018.
Giving to seat to the 28-year-old Tejaswi, when the state leaders unanimous pick was Tejaswini had created a lot of heart burns among some BJP leaders, as well as party workers. A few senior leaders minced no words to express their displeasure. “If it can happen to the widow of Ananth Kumar, who had contributed hugely to the development of the party and nation, what would happen to our families?” a leader had asked.
Tejaswini too had said that the announcement of Tejaswi’s candidacy was shocking. But she reiterated her support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and called upon her loyalists to work for his win again.
Tejasvi Surya congratulated Tejaswini Ananth Kumar on her appointment as Vice President of BJP’s state unit in a tweet.
Congratulations to @Tej_AnanthKumar ma'am on being appointed Vice President of BJP Karnataka. Her experience, organisational skills and good heartedness will add great value to party.
I am sure she will mentor many more young leaders in the days to come.
The announcement of Tejasvi Surya’s candidacy for the Bangalore South parliamentary constituency past midnight on Monday may have disappointed a section of BJP supporters, who were rooting for Tejaswini Ananth Kumar. Undoubtedly, she would be a deserving candidate to fill the seat that was held by her late husband since 1996.
But this young hunk, Tejasvi Surya, scores high on five counts, which makes him a truly apt pick.
His induction into national politics will induce a much required fresh air in the national polity.
His communication skills can help strengthen the southern voice in Delhi. He can be made the first spokesperson of the BJP from Karnataka (who knows).
He is young and can learn to shape his oratory skills to deliver speeches with facts and strong messages without making them rabble rousing.
He can learn many things from people like Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitely, by being in Delhi when they are around.
His stint with legal practice (he is an advocate in Karnataka High Court) will help him charter a path in conformity with the Constitution, unlike some BJP firebrand leaders who often jump off the mark.
Tejasvi Surya is already the general secretary of Karnataka BJP’s youth wing and part of BJP’s national social media team. By winning the Bangalore South seat in the general elections, he is destined to soar high. All the best for the young politician.