Yeshwanthpur: Suburb area lacks proper infrastructure

All wards in Yeshwanthpur constituency are recent additions to the BBMP. This is a large constituency which also includes villages outside the BBMP limits. Hence many areas lack basic facilities compared to old BBMP areas.

Kengeri railway station and Kengeri satellite town come under this constituency. It also has many industries. NICE (Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises) ring road and BMIC (Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor) passes through the constituency. There have been protests about NICE Ltd acquiring more road than is required, and using it to build private layouts.

There have been various court cases on this; but in a recent affidavit, the government mentioned that NICE had indeed acquired additional land. BMTF (Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force) was investigating this, but last month, High Court stayed BMTF’s proceedings in the case.

There are five wards in the constituency – Hemmigepura, Dodda Bidarakallu, Herohalli, Ullalu and Kengeri. No specific party has dominance here. Hemmigepura and Kengeri have BJP corporators, while Herohalli and Doddabidarakallu have JD(S) corporators. Ullalu has a Congress corporator.

The main issues here are lack of water supply and sewerage system, especially in the villages. Borewells are dug randomly. In areas like Balalji Layout and Kanakpura Road in Hemmigepura ward, manholes are often blocked and not cleared. Stagnant water causes mosquito menace in Nagadevanahalli and Sir Visveswaraya Layout.

Road facility is poor, and so is bus connectivity. There are very few buses that go to Banashankari 6th stage, Hosahalli etc., and their schedule is erratic. Though BDA has developed layouts here, many of them – such as Vrushabhavathi Layout – don’t have proper road or sanitary lines.

Incumbent MLA

The MLA here was Shobha Karandlaje, former Minister of Energy, and Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs. Shobha had resigned from the cabinet and joined the KJP last year. She is contesting from Rajaji Nagar constituency now. KJP is not fielding anyone from Yeshwanthpur this time.

During her tenure, Shobha had initiated a drive to weed out illegal LPG connections. Though the drive succeeded in removing many illegal connections, it also caused much confusion and complaints from the public about legitimate connections being removed.

For Citizen Matters’ interview with Shobha, click here.

Contesting candidates:

Candidate name & age Party and symbol Total assets/liabilities and cases Details
H L Krishnappa
BJP – Lotus Assets – Rs 6.45 cr
Liabilities – Rs 34.8 lakhs
Ph: 9448019212
Occuption: Agriculture and construction business.
Education: 12th Pass from Thakarbapa Pre-university, Machohalli, Dasanapura Hobli.
Wife is a homemaker.
No.82, Honnaganahatti, Magadi Main Road, Tavarekere Hobli
S T Somashekar
INC – Hand Assets – Rs 7 cr
Liabilities – Rs 3 cr
Ph: 9844110779
Occupation: Private transport business
Education: B.Sc
Wife is homemaker.
No.154, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Near HP Petrol Bunk, Jagajyothi
Layout, Jnanabharathi Post
T N Javarayi Gowda
JD(S) – A farmer carrying paddy on her head Assets – Rs 150.8 cr
Liabilities – Rs 42 cr
Accused in four cases – CJM CC-387/11 (under IPC sections 143, 147, 323, 704, 706B, 149); CJM CC-4385/2012 (IPC 143, 147, 341, 427, 149); ACMM CC-9950/2012 (IPC 471, 474, 34); and VIII ACMM CC-10705/11 (IPC 193, 465, 468, 471, 201, 120B)
Ph: 9590636279
Occupation: Business
Education 10th std pass
Wife is T A Gayathri,  corporator of Doddabiderakallu (ward no 40) which is part of Yeshwanthpur constituency itself.
No.121, 1st E Main, 1st Block,
2nd Stage, Nagarabavi,
Narasimhaiah BSP – Elephant   #30, 3rd Cross, Ganesha Temple Layout, Kaggalipura,
Mahadeva Swamy B M Bharatiya Dr B R
Ambedkar Janatha
Party – Sewing Machine
  #186/5, 4th Cross, Devaraj Urs
Nagar, Haleguddadahalli,
M K Pasha JD(U) – Arrow   Near T.B Bus Stop,
Nelamangala, Bangalore Rural
District, Bangalore-562123
Lokesh H K
BSRC – Ceiling fan Assets – Rs 5.5 lakhs Ph: 9741330700
Occupation: HR in Kaasagi Group of Companies
Education: Postgraduate
Wife is a homemaker.
No.1930, 4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Kengeri Upanagar, Bangalore-60
N Somashekar Lok Jan Shakti – Bungalow   No.14/1, 8th Cross, Badrappa
Street, Yeshwanthpura,

There are six independent candidates. To view the serial numbers of all candidates and symbols of all parties, click here.⊕

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Navya has 12 years of experience in journalism, covering development, urban governance and environment. She was earlier Senior Journalist, Citizen Matters, and Reporter, The New Indian Express. She has also freelanced for publications such as The News Minute, Factor Daily and India Together. Navya won the All India Environment Journalism Award, 2013, for her investigative series on the environmental violations of an upcoming SEZ in Bengaluru, published in Citizen Matters. She also won the PII-UNICEF fellowship in 2016 to report on child rights in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Navya has an MA in Political Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and a PG Diploma from the Asian College of Journalism.