‘Development’ rattles Malleshwaram – the peace-abode

Malleshwaram is a peaceful old locality in the city, the central part of which is filled with age-old buildings like IISc, CV Raman’s house, MLA School and many old houses. Central Malleshwaram has BJP and KJP state offices. Among popular personalities in the constituency are Sudharani (film actress), Ananth Nag (film actor) and Vimala Rangachar (president of Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat).

This strong-hold of Janata Dal had catapulted the BJP to MLA’s chair, following the wave of sympathy for the Yeddyurappa-led BJP soon after Kumaraswamy burned bridges with the BJP and state went to polls again.

 

Incumbent MLA and his performance

After five years, much has changed here. The incumbent MLA has failed to satisfy the demands of the residents of Malleshwaram, even as he went on with his own plans of ‘developing’ the area. Being the senior vice-president of the Karnataka State Athletics Association, Ashwath Narayan seems to be less-interested in parks and playgrounds and more on sports-related ‘developmental’ works. Basketball stadiums, BBMP-funded, private-run gyms, construction of roofed seating arrangement for Malleshwaram ground are the works done by him.

Ashwath Narayan batted for the widening of Sankey tank road and proposed the construction of luxury apartments on the land belonging to the government-owned debt-ridden Mysore Lamps, in April 2012. These two acts, along with his extreme interest in building stadiums and gyms throughout the constituency are seen by the citizens as an act of killing the lung-space in this area.

Congested roads make life tough for us here, the development has been erratic
– Shivalinge Gowda, Gayathri Nagar resident

Even as the elections were nearing, many of the roads in the central Malleshwaram got a facelift with reflectors for median and humps and superb LED street lights. The Subrahmanya Nagar park that had withered plants, trees and broken play equipments has undergone a quick makeover in the last few months, with landscaping and artificial canal designed and broken equipment replaced by new ones. However, there is no water to fill the artificially shaped canals inside the park.

The constituency was under scanner for multi-crore fake bill scam unearthed by the Technical Vigilance Cell of the BBMP. An attempt to build a basketball and tennis court in the Vyalikaval park via BBMP was stopped by the High Court, in response to a PIL filed by some of the residents, in accordance with the Parks and Playgrounds Act. Prior to filing the PIL, when residents had voiced their concerns, Ashwath Narayan did not support them.

Assets and liabilities of MLA

Ashwath Narayan declared an asset of Rs 6,89,40,978 and a liability of Rs 1,41,52,886  in 2008. After five years, his asset has grown to Rs 17,31,05,284, while liabilities have increased to 6,39,00,000 though the income he showed while filing the Income Tax returns is 75 lakh. In other words, his net worth has almost doubled in five years, from Rs 5,47,88,092 to Rs 10,92,05,284.

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Ward-level politics

Assembly Constituency has seven wards. Out of these, six have BJP corporators, while one ward has a Congress corporator. Out of the six, Vijayakumari, corporator for Rajmahal Guttalli, is said to be ‘hospitalised’ and inactive in this election, even as her husband has broken up with the BJP and contesting on a KJP ticket.

A new mall is coming up opposite Orion Mall. The traffic in the area is already chaotic. The new mall will add to the bottleneck
– Suchitra Santosh, Subrahmanya Nagar resident

Aramane Nagara (Ward 35) is the biggest ward in the constituency with an area of 7.47 sq.km, and houses majority of the green belt of the constituency. Mathikere (Ward 36) has a population of around 35882 in an area of 0.91 sq.kms. Malleshwaram (Ward 45), the only ward with a Congress corporator, has a population of 36321 in an area of 1.81 sq.kms.

Rajamahal Guttahalli (Ward 64) corporator Vijayakumari (BJP) is not actively involved in campaign this time. Her husband Kumar has been contesting on a KJP ticket. The ward has a population of 33964, in an area of 0.73 sq.kms. Kadu Malleswara (Ward 65) has a population of 34053 in an area of 1.36 sq.kms.

Subramanyanagara (Ward 66) has a population of 34883 in an area of 0.94 sq.kms. Gayatri Nagar (Ward 76) is the most crowded, with a population of 35389 in an area of 0.64 sq.kms.

The Orion Mall and Brigade group buildings are constructed on a Rajakaluve. There is a PIL pending against this. – Kiran R V, Malleshwaram resident

Key issues in Malleshwaram AC

The Mantri mall and the Mantri Greens residential complex, that are practically in Malleshwaram but fall under Gandhinagar constituency, have been the cause of enormous traffic jams and parking problem in the area. The new Orion mall and the Brigade group World Trade Center have added to the worry. The traffic jam at Yeshwanthpur circle is unmanageable. Yeshwanthpur APMC falls under this constituency.

Garbage segregation and disposal is not being done properly in many of the wards. In some wards like Kadu Malleshwara, new garbage disposal contracts are yet to come into effect due to code of conduct. Traffic and parking problem multiplied by frequent road repairs are always the pain in the neck for the constituency.

Gayathri Nagar and Subrahmanya Nagar areas have frequent problems with drinking water supply. Though these two wards are separated from main Malleshwaram just by the Majestic – Yeshwanthpur railway line, in reality they are a world apart, with the obvious disparity in water supply, power cuts, garbage and congested roads. Kadu Malleshwara and Malleshwaram wards where the affluent live rarely suffer from these problems.

Proposal to demolish and rebuild the Malleshwaram vegetable market into a multi-storeyed building has landed the lives of over 269 vegetable vendors in jeopardy. About 51 of them have managed to get a stay order by the High Court, and the rest are in the process of obtaining  a stay. This project of the BDA, according to reports, does not have clearances by the Fire, BWSSB, BESCom, BSNL and Pollution Control Board, and has various irregularities.

The BJP corporators of these areas claim to have solved all the problems for obvious reasons. However, the problems still exist out in the open for all to see.

 

Here is a summary of the data in the constituency on education front, for the past four years. The data shows that number of schools have gone up from 85 to 112, and pupil-teacher ratio is better in government schools than in private schools.

Electoral Malpractice

On April 21, some BJP workers were caught on camera by Public TV reporters while distributing 2,000 rupee for men and golden nose studs for women. There are also allegations that BPL cards were distributed to poor people on Saturday, April 20, while code of conduct was in effect.

Voting pattern

Out of total 1,97,562 voters, only 1,03,218 voters cast their votes, with a polling percentage of 52.23. Dr. Ashwath Narayan won the election securing 53,794 votes, defeating Congress contestant M R Seetharam by a margin of 8,183 votes.This time there are 1,73,524 voters.

Caste-wise calculation

Whether one agrees with it or not, caste is a social reality. Various parties keep caste in mind while choosing winnable candidates. Malleshwaram has the following caste pattern approximately.

  • Brahmins: 55,000
  • Vokkaligas: 35,000
  • Kshatriya: 15,000
  • SC/ST: 15,000
  • Lingayat: 6,000
  • Muslim/Christian: 10,000
  • OBC: 30,000

Source: Vijaya Karnataka

Though this is a scenario where BJP would win, this time anti-incumbancy and the division of BJP are going to play major role.

 

Major candidates from various parties

Profiles of candidates – 2013

Name, age Party Background Education Assets
Dr Ashwath Narayan (45) BJP * Politics, MD of -Padmashree Medicare Pvt Ltd
* MD of Padmashree Charitable Trust
* MD of Sushrutha GRoup of Institutions
* Senior vice-president of the Karnataka State Athletics Association

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MBBS Rs.15.9 crore
B K Shivaram (60) INC * Ex-assistant commissioner of Central Crime Branch
* Brother of Congress General Secretary BK Hariprasad
* First-time contestant
* Recipient of President’s Medal for Meritorious Service in 2001
* President’s Gallantry Medal in 2007
* Kempegowda Award from the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) – 2002, 2007
* Took voluntary retirement in 2008 and moved into social activities
* Was in news for his assets worth more than his savings at the time of retirement. He had acknowledged his savings could be around 30-40 lakhs, but he has declared an asset of over 3 crore in his affidavit.
*Has fought for the vendors of Malleshwaram vegetable market and got a stay on the demolition of the existing market.

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BSc Rs. 3.9 crore
Shwetha (27) JD(S) * 27-year-old teacher MCom Rs. 35. 5 lakh
Dr Meenakshi Bharat (55) LS *Native of Malleshwaram
* Gynaecologist and Fertility specialist at Centre for Assisted Reproductive Techniques (CART)
* Has practised medicine in Muscat, Dubai and India
* Has always emphasised on women and girl children’s health
* A long-time social & civic activist
* Has worked on environment, waste management and woman empowerment, in various parts of Malleshwaram
* Has no traditional political background
* Had contested for BBMP elections in 2010, had lost.
* Involved in anti-corruption protests
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MD-Obstetrics Rs. 8.1 crore
B T Lalitha Nayak (69) WPI * Once-active in JD(S), elected as MLC (1986-92) and MLA (1994-99)
* Handled the portfolios of minister for Kannada & Culture, Woman & Child Welfare
* Was a journalist once; worked for Lankesh Patrike for six years
* Awarded honorary doctorate from Kuvempu university in 2009-10
8th Std, Hindi Visharad Rs 47. 9 lakh
Kumar N (45) KJP * Runs real estate business
* Spouse (Vijayakumari) is a BJP corporator from Rajmahal Guttalli ward
SSLC Rs. 2.07 crore
Eshwara H A (32) BSP Gold vendor SSLC Rs. 3.2 lakh
Dr K Bhagavan Das Alva (58) NPP   Bachelor of Vet Science Rs. 50.6 lakh
Columbus (32) JD(U) Runs fabrication business SSLC Rs 1.6 lakh
Manjunath G (28) BSRC * Self-employed
* BSR Congress youth secretary for Bangalore
*Wants to target youth
*”Funding is personal, can’t be revealed. I will show the expenses within the limit fixed by the EC,” he replied to our query.
Diploma Electronics Rs.73.21 lakh
Prabhakar (66) HND   BE Electrical Rs. 28 lakh
Prakash M S (54) SUCI(C) Social worker BCom Rs 6.6 lakh
N S Shivanna (62) AHBM     Rs 0.5 lakh
H Girish (26) IND   SSLC Rs 4.75 lakh
C S Krishnappa (33) IND Business consultant PUC Rs 22,13,000
B Lingegowda (34) IND   BA, LLB Rs 18.5 lakh
Rajesh P (42) IND Pvt Employee BA Rs 70.45 lakh
S Sathyaprakash IND Taxi Driver SSLC Rs 0.3 lakh
Vishwanth Bhagawat (67) IND Accredited Journalist Diploma in German, MS Rs 44.4 lakh
Mallikarjun (44) IND Social service BE

Rs 25.9 lakh

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