Jayanagar looks forward to the D-day

On the face of it residents of Jayanagar Assembly constituency have very little to complain. It is one of the city’s best planned residential areas, with a bustling central shopping complex, wide roads, plenty of parks and playgrounds. But, take a look closer and you will find that it faces the same problems that haunt rest of the city. The huge influx of people and rampant commercialisation has changed the face of this once-quiet residential neighbourhood. While some parts of the constituency have received adequate care and attention, other parts are yet to get even basic amenities.

Apart from Jayanagar, the constituency includes JP Nagar, Byrasandra, Sarakki, Gurappanapalya and Pattabhiram Nagar and is home to former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad and Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy.

Incumbent and his promises

The incumbent MLA is the first time MLA B N Vijaykumar of the BJP. In 2008, Vijaykumar defeated Congress candidate M Suresh by over 22,000 votes. A civil engineer and a Bachelor, Vijaykumar has been a lifelong BJP man and is presently the President of the Party’s city wing. Vijaykumar claims that there have been a lot of improvements in the constituency in the last five years, including the complete overhaul of the area’s sanitary lines along with the development of parks and playgrounds. Vijaykumar says the redevelopment of the the Jayanagar shopping complex is one of his key focus areas. He also wants to set up at least one organic waste converter in each of the seven wards. (Click here for full interview. Click here to read more about the MLA.)

The Politics

Of the seven wards in the constituency, Pattabhiram Nagar, Byrasandra, J P Nagar, Sarakki and Shakambari Nagar have BJP corporators while Jayanagar East and Gurappanapalya which has a sizable minority population have Congress corporators.

Before the delimitation changed the borders of the constituency, Jayanagar assembly constituency was a Congress stronghold with its candidate Ramalinga Reddy being elected for four successive terms. But the redrawing of the constituencies in 2008 took away all the minority-dominated wards like Lakkasandra, Suddagunte Palya and Madivala from Jayanagar constituency. Byrasandra was added to Jayanagar. In the changed scenario, Ramalinga Reddy decided to contest the 2008 elections from the BTM Layout constituency. With no incumbent MLA contesting the election and a BJP wave in most of the city, B N Vijayakumar defeated the Congress candidate M Suresh by over 22,000 votes.

Vokkaligas, Brahmins and Muslims are the three main communities in the constituency. This time around the Congress is fielding M C Venugopal who heads the party’s state Backward Caste cell while the JD(S) is fielding former Congress corporator K S Sameeulla, with both trying to cash in on the minority vote.

The candidates

Name, age Party Background Education Assets
BN Vijaykumar (53) BJP * Incumbent MLA
*Website
*Interview
B.E (Civil) Rs 1.76 Cr
MC Venugopal
(52)
INC *Head of the OBC cell of the State Congress
* Businessman
B.Sc Rs 7.31 Cr
KS Sameeulla (50) JD (S) * Ex-corporator
*Contested as an Independent in 2008
*Land Developer| Builder and Social Worker
12th Standard Rs 77.71 Cr
Ravikumar V (42) KJP * Civil Contractor and Real Estate Developer 12th Standard Rs 11.51 L
Rajesh K  (39) BSRC *Social Worker|and BTPL labour contractor 12th Standard Rs 14.30 L
Rohith Patel (28) LSP * Radio Jockey  Graduate Rs 92.83 L
Shashikala BSP #26, Ist Main, 8th Cross, R.K.
Road, Kadirenahalli, BSK II
Stage
   
Mohammed Kaleemulla Rani Chennamma Party 117, Pillanna Garden, 3rd
Stage, Venkateshapaura
   
Ajmal Pasha   Independent No. 15, 5th Main, Bismillah
Nagar, Bannerghatta Road
   
Dr Kodur Venkatesh Independent 6, D Main, East End, 9th
Block, Jayanagar,
   
Dilip Raj   Independent # 28/B, 38th Cross, 8th Block,
Jayanagar
   
MaasthiZakir Ali Khan  Independent # 77, 3rd Cross, 9th Main,
Guruppanpalya,
   
Moula (46) Independent Sarabande Palya,
Banashankari, IV Cross
   
Manjunatha N Independent 42/11, Arasu Colony, 36th
Cross, 28th Main, East End
Main Road, Jayanagar
   
Magic Ramesh Independent 1240/A, 32 ‘G’ Cross, IV T
Block, Jayanagar,
   
C K Ravi Chandra Independent 1364/A, 5th Cross, N.R.
Colony, Ashoknagar,
Basavanagudi
   
Lakshminarayana Independent # 904, II Floor, 28th Main, 9th
Block, Jayanagar,
   
Sunil Kumar S Independent No.G-6-A Amarjyothi
Apartment, Kanakapura Main
Road, near Yedeyur Lake,
   

Key issues

With the entire constituency seeing a great influx of people, many of the houses on the main roads have now turned into multi-storeyed commercial establishments. This has resulted in heavy traffic on the roads and very little parking space. Parking spots are hard to come by especially around the Jayanagar Shopping Complex as the parking lot in TTMC is hardly enough for people shopping in the supermarket that is housed in it.

The delay in shifting the Vegetable Market in the Jayanagar Shopping Complex after it was gutted for the second time has meant that traders are still selling vegetables in the same place with little done to improve the safety of the building.

While rest of constituency enjoys wide roads and parks, residents in Gurappana Palya lack even the basic amenities. Uncleared garbage, narrow streets, irregular water supply and open drains characterise this ward. Some areas that come under the Jayanagar East ward like Tilak Nagar are also in a sorry state.

Voting Pattern

There were 1,86,911 registered voters, however there was only 47.1% voting, with only 89,123 people voting. B N Vijaya Kumar (BJP) secured 43,164 votes (48% of the polled votes), defeating M Suresh (Congress) by 22, 594 votes.

This time, the constituency has 170,701 registered voters, according to the Election Commission.

About Sriram Vittalamurthy 7 Articles
Sriram Vittalamurthy is a Bangalore-based freelance journalist.

2 Comments

  1. Rampant commercialization, even in the cross roads of Jayanagar! 10th cross (West) in Jayanagar 7th block adjacent to Kanakapura Road is being commercialized by a residence owner without any conversion & every inch of the house being commercialized with shops opening on to the cross road.

  2. The incumbent elected member has broken all records of false claims, only hope if he walks on the streets of tilaknagar and other parts of constituency where his interest has been for all past five years, before making such claims. Wish to see some better person elected this time, who sees constituency as whole and not see the section of constituency through hole

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