The Shivajinagar seat had become vacant after incumbent MLA Roshan Baig was suspended from the Indian National Congress this year for ‘anti-party’ statements and activities. Baig, a seven-time legislator, was charged with slamming state leaders as well as being involved in the multi-crore IMA scam.
Know your candidates
Nineteen candidates are contesting from Shivaji Nagar constituency in the bypolls. Seven other candidates had withdrawn their nominations, and three others were rejected.
Following are the major candidates:
Party: Indian National Congress
|Tanveer Ahmed Ullah
Party: Janata Dal (Secular)
Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Party: Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha
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Full list of candidates
|Name of Candidate
(Click on name for affidavit)
|Rizwan Arshad, 40, B Com, Business||Indian National Congress||Hand|
|Tanveer Ahmed Ullah, 43, BBM, Business||Janata Dal (Secular)||Lady farmer with paddy on head|
|M Saravana, 54, SSLC, Social worker and agriculturist||Bharatiya Janata Party||Lotus|
|Vatal Nagaraj, 79, SSLC, Social worker||Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha||Chappals|
|Suhail Siddiq Sait, 44, SSLC, Self-employed||Berojgar Aadmi Adhikar Party||Fist with pen|
|Kaushik Reddy, 35, B Com, Writer at APMC Yard||Uttama Prajaakeeya Party||Autorickshaw|
|Dr John Basco Phillips, 47, Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Self-employed||Indian Christian Front||Grapes|
|Ambrose D’ Mello, 52, MA (Kannada Comparative Lit), Social activist||Independent||Slate|
|Dr Abdul Subhan, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Businessman||Karnataka Rashtra Samiti||Whistle|
|A K Venkateshwarulu, 42, B Com, Accountant||Independent||TV Remote|
|Syed Asif Bukhari, 46, BA, Tea maker||Independent||Calculator|
|Imran, 31, SSLC, Social worker||Independent||Diamond|
|Mukhthar Ali Khan, 50, SSLC, Social worker||Karnataka Karmikara Paksha||Tractor|
|Abdul Hannan, 46, B Pharma, Businessman||Social Democratic Party of India||Gas cylinder|
|M Ishittiyak Ahmed, 45, Class IX, Two-wheeler businessman||Independent||Apple|
|Shanawaz Ahmed, 47, SSLC, Social worker||Independent||Coconut farm|
|B Krishna Prasad, 65, PUC, Tyre businessman||Proutist Bloc India||Flute|
|Mohammed Hanif, 54, Class VII, Tailor||Independent||Sewing machine|
|Robert Clive, 37, BA, Social service||Independent||Telephone|
Results of 2018 assembly election:
In last year’s election, Roshan Baig had won 59,742 votes in this constituency – that is, over 55 percent of the total votes polled. The runner-up Katta Subramanya Naidu of BJP had won 44,702 votes (41 percent). NOTA came third, and Shaik Mastan Ali of JD(S) came fourth with just around one percent of votes.
|Name||Sex||Age||Category||Party||General votes||Postal votes||Total Votes||% votes|
|R Roshan Baig||M||64||Gen||INC||59,679||63||59,742||55.04|
|Katta Subramanya Naidu||M||67||Gen||BJP||44,646||56||44,702||41.19|
|Shaik Mastan Ali||M||43||Gen||JD (S)||1310||3||1,313||1.21|
About the constituency
Shivaji Nagar is appreciated for its environment of communal harmony, with a large Muslim population and considerable Tamil population.
Before delimitation, Shivaji Nagar had the lowest number of voters among all Bengaluru constituencies. Only three wards – Sampangiramanagar (ward 77), Vasanthnagar (78) and Shivajinagar (79) – were part of the constituency then. Post-delimitation, Bharathinagar (80), Ulsoor (81) and Jayamahal (92) wards were included in it. Vidhana Soudha too falls in this constituency. While Shivaji Nagar ward largely comprises crowded market areas, the other wards have a mix of diverse groups.
Problems voiced by citizens in this constituency include garbage mismanagement, shortage of bus stops, parks and playgrounds, poor water supply and bad infrastructure. Frequent garbage dumping in some areas had even forced residents in Shivaji Nagar to start their own clean-up initiatives. There are also concerns about large chunks of land in Shivaji Nagar being acquired for Metro construction.
Total number of registered voters: 1,93,844
Number of registered voters in 2018 election: 1,91,528
[*Corrigendum: There were errors in the ‘assets’ section of candidate Rizwan Arshad, due to an inadvertent mistake in totalling. We regret the errors.
Number of registered voters has been updated based on ECI press release of 2.12.2019]