Aravind Limbavali is the Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Mahadevapura constituency.
Profile of MLA
Arvind Limbavali is an engineering degree holder in civil stream. He was an active member of Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh and Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, and eventually became a Bharatiya Janata Party member and held many positions of importance.
Limbavali became a Legislative Council member in 2004 only to resign and contest elections in 2008 from Mahadevapura. When the party came to power, he became a Minister in Yeddyurappa’s cabinet, holding the portfolio of Higher Education and later Health and Family Welfare.
Limbavali won the 2013 election too, from the same constituency. Mahadevapura is a reserved constituency for Scheduled Caste. He was a member of Committee on Public Undertaking.
Limbavali is a front line leader in Bharatiya Janata Party, and is a general secretary. His Twitter handle and Facebook page actively promote the causes dear to the party and reacts to the issues in news from the city and the state, along with posting the news about the MLA.
In the Assembly: Speaking up on garbage, power, education
Duties of the MLA include debating and voting to make laws, getting information that will help the electorate of the constituency by asking questions, drawing the attention of the government on important matters and more. The website of Vidhanasabha, kla.kar.nic.in documents the assembly debates and procedures, and here is what we found on Limbavali’s performance in assembly, 2014 July onwards. (The website states that the information is unedited and not meant for legal purposes. We have taken it only for the purpose of information and not for legal purposes.)
- On June 30, 2015, Aravind Limbavali intervened along with other BJP leaders, asking the government to pay homage to the farmers who committed suicide. The session did not pay homage, that day, but the topic of farmer suicide was discussed in detail.
- On November 23, 2015, Limbavali participated in the discussion on garbage problem in Bengaluru. He outlined the dumping issues across the city, confusion among BBMP officials on who has to clear waste from drains, waste processing lobbies etc.
- On November 26, 2015, Limbavali participated in discussions, demanding the resignation of Social Welfare Minister Anjaneya in the backdrop of allegations of corruption against him and his family, which came to light during a sting operation.
- On 24 March 2017, he got the reply for a starred question he had asked on load shedding in Bengaluru and beyond, and participated in related discussions that involved Power Minister D.K.Shivakumar.
- On June 14, 2017, Limbavali drew the attention of the government towards BMTC’s refusal to transfer a land required to build a 100-bed government hospital in Siddapura to the Health Department. After much heated debate, the concerned ministers promised to solve the tug of war between Transport Department and Health Department within two months.
- On June 20, 2017, Limbavali participated in the discussion on an amendment to Universities act, and questioned the government on the intentions of some terms of the amendment, hinting at the hidden agenda by the government, to take control of appointments of chancellors. His experience and knowledge, as the Higher Education Minister in the previous term, got reflected in the debate.
On 18 July 2016, Limbavali got the reply for a starred question he had asked on encroachment of government land in Mahadevapura assembly constituency and steps taken to redeem them.
Limbavali has asked many questions especially on topics like Education, Social Welfare and notable Urban Development – TDRR for Land Owners, Clearing the Rajakaluves, Roads and Signal Free corridors, Odor problem in Bellandur and Varthur Lake, Garbage etc.
☛ Click here for topics of the questions asked in Assembly: Karnataka Assembly Questions
Limbavali in the news: a glimpse of what he has been up to in five years
- March 8, 2018: Aravind Limbavali protested against Lokayukta stabbing – says law and order has broken down in Bengaluru.
- January 19, 2018: When Bellandur lake caught fire, Limbavali assured people that necessary actions will be taken to control it.
- January 2018: Arvind Limbavali demanded reconsideration of CDP 2031
- December 22, 2017: Aravind Limbavali promised solutions for Bellandur pedestrians, during a protest against problems in Outer Ring Road.
- October 2017: President speech praises Tipu Sultan. BJP alleges that President Kovind’s speech was scripted by the Congress. Limbavali says “They have misused the President’s office”.
- April 28, 2017: Limbavali inspected the Bellandur lake bed and warned that he would start a peoples’ movement if BBMP/BDA do not take steps to restore the lake even after NGT verdict
- February 25, 2017: Arvind Limbavali joined people who gathered outside HAL Police Station to protest against sexual harassment on a three-year-old baby.
- January 2017: Limbavali went to Thubarahalli to address a situation with a disputed road in Thubarahalli near Varthur, and assured people of speedy action.
- November 2016: Corporator lashes out at Limbavali for allowing events on encroached lake beds.
- October 2016: Limbavali stood by the property owner who had signed up for the joint development of a property where the building collapsed at the construction stage. He said the developer and BBMP officials were responsible.
- December 18, 2015: Limbavali expressed his support to a citizen protest meant to repair the roads. He said it will help him increase the pressure on the government to provide more grants for more grants for basic infrastructure.
- April 18, 2015: Limbavali participated in Prajavani-Deccan Herald Jana Spandana programme, and answered the queries by people.
- May 29, 2015: Limbavali encouraged a private company to help restore Varthur and Yamalur lakes with microorganisms. About 1000 litres of microorganism solution was sprayed on the lake as a pilot.
- June 8, 2013: A news report from The Hindu says that Limbavali influenced decisions on the Metro Rail alignment and station locations in Mahadevapura area, while he was a minister.
What the MLA says
Doddanekundi gururaja layout Rajakalave cleaning work in progress… pic.twitter.com/GzWFBnBMmY
— Arvind Limbavali (@bjparvind) May 17, 2016
Limbavali’s speeches and social media accounts talk about various civic issues in his constituency, like road widening, traffic, waste, slums/illegal settlements, etc. He organises large meetings to hear citizens grievances but is not known for closing those issues. He is also seen to organise a number of job fairs.
The promises that Limbavali made while campaigning in 2013:
In March 2018, Aravind Limbavali has released a document listing his achievements: Janaparashakti – BJP Promise 2018-23
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What voters face in Mahadevapura constituency
Mahadevapura constituency covers infrastructure-deficient, newly urbanised areas like Whitefield, Varthur and Bellandur. It also includes the infamous Mandur area, where Bengaluru’s garbage used to be dumped not long ago. The area struggles with
- extreme water scarcity with almost the entire population dependent on private tanker water supply
- lack of sewerage networks resulting in polluted lakes
- traffic jams and high levels of pollution especially on Outer Ring Road
- very little open spaces and parks for the public.
☛ For more info on the constituency, check our article 5 years ago: Not much has changed! Click here: About Mahadevapura and its key demand
The constituency has active citizenry bargaining with the administrations for better infrastructure and quality of life. Whitefield Rising, a citizen group, has been active in getting more and more eligible people registered as voters, with its Million Voter Rising campaign.
- No. of voters in 2008: 2,75,355
- No of voters in 2013: 3,68,511
- No of voters now: 470,878.
A perception survey conducted in Mahadevapura assembly by Daksh gives Aravind Limbavali 6.022 points out of 10. This compares to 6.07 average scored by Bengaluru MLAs and 7.07 averaged overall Karnataka. For full data of the survey, visit Opencity.in.