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Karnataka sweeper’s son gets elected as BJP Councilor

The BJP councillor was working as driver for Congress leaders but now he is going to sit in the council along with the same people.

Published: 08th June 2019 03:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th June 2019 04:25 PM   |  A+A-

Karnataka local body election results

For representational purposes (Photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

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.”

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