It's all in the family

BBMP POLLS: Civic woes top on the list of candidates agenda. Uncle, niece duo ride on elder netas popularity wave

It's all in the family

Poornima K Srinivas, former minister A Krishnappa’s daughter, is contesting from Basavanapura (ward no 53) as a Congress candidate. Already on campaigning for the last three days, the 34-year-old is following in the footsteps of her father, brother and uncle. “I belong to a political family. Being educated and involved in social activities, I thought I could contribute to the society in this way too,” said Poornima, who is CEO of South East Asian Trust, an education institution having 6,000 students.

Poornima, who is a Master of Arts, felt that people should choose candidates who are localities, as they would understand the area's problems better. “People should elect candidates who are educated and know how the government functions. And in that respect, I am the best candidate compared to the other three opponents,” she pointed out. Her father is also expected to campaign for her in another two days.

Underground drainage and water shortage are the two major problems facing her ward. Added to this, Poornima also intends to look at women and child oriented issues and improve the government schools in her area as she feels education is very important in an individual's development.   

Halfway across the K R Puram Assembly constituency D A Gopal, has entered the race to the BBMP from A Narayanpura. A self-acclaimed active politician since his college years, Gopal states that more than the family name, it is his own work on the field and the experience in campaigning that has earned him a ticket from the Congress party to contest in the BBMP polls.

“I have been a member of the erstwhile CMC and also the district president of the Congress. I have been a loyal party worker which has given me the opportunity to contest in the elections,” he said.

Gopal, an agriculturist, believes that he has earned the goodwill of the people with his work and efforts. “Reminding people of the massive development works undertaken during the reign of former Chief Minister S M Krishna and under development in the last six years under various other regimes is the key to the people’s mandate,” he said.

Speaking on the immediate need to ensure that the Narayanpura ward is rid of its water woes, Gopal states that the common man in this area is ready to forgo his ration card in return for relief. “Apart from the water problem, the non-existence of the underground drainage system has been yet another trouble that plagues Narayanpura,” he said.

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