TUMAKURU: A school drop-out and son of a Pourakarmika has created a history by winning the town municipality elections on a BJP ticket.
32-year-old Ananda Kumar, who is a Dalit and from Ward 20 in Kunigal, defeated his rival Shivakumar of Congress by a margin of 19 votes. His father Marappa used to sweep the town’s streets, and was known for his good work.
Marappa died of a cardiac arrest, which is when Anand, who had only studied till Class IX, decided to let his PUC-pass younger brother to over take their father’s job. Anand, who has two sons, was working as a driver for Congress leaders.
Now, he is going to sit in the council along with the same people he would ferry around. Asked what prompted him to take up a career in politics, he said, “When I was a driver, I was helping people in getting to their destinations. Now, I have the power to serve people in a better capacity.”