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‘Bomb’ Naga gifts cycles

»Former corporator couple V Nagaraj, popularly known as bomb Nagaraj and N Lakshmi are contesting the BBMP polls from Prakashnagar and Binnypet wards respectively.

‘Bomb’ Nagaraj’s symbol is bicycle, and is making all out efforts to get re-elected to the BBMP. Known for his innovative ways of campaigning, he has bought bicycles this time to all his supporters, who campaign using them.

The entire Prakashnagar is dotted with youth bicycling. He, it is learnt, has told them to keep bicycles for themselves after the elections. Nagaraj has also hung bicycles at strategic places like streetlight polls and high-rise buildings to draw the attention of people.

Nagaraj is also known for his ill-temper. Once, in a BBMP Council meeting, he had threatened to bomb the corporation building as he was agitated over some issue connected to his ward. It was this unusual habit of threatening others that acquired him the infamous prefix to his name.

However, his wife Lakshmi is a sober woman. She hardly used to speak during the Council meetings. Many a times, Nagaraj used to raise issues regarding his wife’s ward during the meeting. He was representing Okhlipuram ward in the last BMP Council, while his wife was a corporator from Gandhinagar ward. Both have to shift their wards this time due to change in reservation. He is facing a tough fight against Congress’ three-time corporator Padmavathy in Prakashnagar.

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Candidate loses cool: Attacks mediamen

»A candidate contesting from Prakashnagar ward allegedly beat up a reporter and a cameraman of a private TV news channel when they were interviewing him at his house on Monday. The incident occurred soon after the TV journalists began interviewing Naga aka ‘Bomb Naga’ in the latter’s residence at Hanumanthpura. Naga lost his composure when a question posed by the reporter irked him. He snatched the camera and tried to manhandle both, the Srirampura police said.

However, Naga returned the camera which was not damaged.  The two mediamen lodged a complaint against Naga, claiming that he threatened them and used abusive language against them.

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