Elections 2019: Tejasvi Surya raised funds for Kargil victims at the age of 8; now he’s BJP’s youngest MP

BJP head Tejasvi Surya remained the winner in the Lok Sabha polls in Bangalore South.  Now, he has become the youngest Member of Parliament. With this triumph, the saffron party’s poster boy has assisted the BJP keep hold of the electorate that it has gained since the year 1991.

The 28-year-old boy added that his triumph was a vote favoring Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Each vote to the BJP is the common Indian’s appreciation of PM Narendra Modi’s lifetime of tapasya [sacrifice] and service to our motherland,” Surya stated in a tweet message.  Tejasvi Surya is the little boy who raised funds for Kargil victims 20 years back. He sold his paintings for the same. At that time, he was just 8 and was studying in 4th standard.


He attributed his victory to the support of Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa, former Union minister Ananth Kumar and other party leaders and workers.  Surya remained the winner after defeating ace Congressman BK Hariprasad by a hefty margin of 3,31,192 votes.

In his tweet, he wrote, “My first task as MP elect was to pay pranams to my childhood hero Baba Saheb Ambedkar. Born into nothing, he grew to become the most influential scholar – leader of the country. An inspiration for everyone. Let’s infuse fresh energy into his sublime Constitution.”

Surya, BJP lawmaker Ravi Subramanya’s nephew, is acknowledged for his polarizing addresses and is strongly linked with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideologic parent of the BJP.  Surya stated that he is unapologetic regarding this connection as it donned a great task in forming him. He is also the state general secretary for the Karnataka BJP’s youth wing and also a party representative.

Shortly after his entry got declared, Surya’s critics dug out a flood of previous posts he had made on the micro blogging site Twitter that showed his polarising views.  “Call me a bigot, communal fanatic or whatever,” he had penned on Twitter in June 2018. “But singular reason for BJP’s defeat in Jayanagar is the complete consolidation of Muslim vote... BJP must ‘really’ become a Hindu party & not just be perceived as one.”

He added, “BJP should unapologetically be a party for Hindus. Must take concrete legislative measures to alleviate Hindu issues, not just make speeches…Congress is the party of Muslims: every Hindu must be convinced of this truth.”

by Mamatha Reddy | Thu, May 30 - 12:50 PM

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