Sira man makes it to Canada Parliament

Chandrakanth Arya, from Dwaralu village in the taluk has been elected to the Canada Parliament.

Son of retired Commercial Tax Assistant Commissioner K Govinda Iyer, Chandrakanth contested from the Liberal Party and has been elected from the Nepean constituency in Ottawa city.

The elections were held on October 19 and he won with a majority vote amidst seven other contestants. He defeated his closest contender Andy Wang from the Conservative Party by 10,000 votes.

The 52-year-old parliamentarian has an engineering degree from Bangalore University and an MBA from Karnatak University, Dharwad. He has worked for the DRDO in Delhi and the Karnataka State Financial Corporation. He also independently set up a granite cutting and polishing unit in Somanahalli of Mandya district. He lived in Muscat briefly before returning to Bengaluru. He then took a job at an investment company in Doha city of Qatar. He moved there with his family. Chandrakanth’s wife Sangeetha started work at Canada and he soon found work there. He worked as an office-bearer for several associations there and had an active public life.

He has served as a member of Invest Ottawa, Chairman of Indo-Canada-Ottawa Business Chamber, President of Indo-Canadian Community Centre and as the Vice President of the Hindu Society of Ottawa, said his sister Leela Leeladhara in a press release.

Youth leaders from Dwaralu, Gajjeerahalli, Tavarekere, Lakshmisagara, Bhoovanahalli and other local villages have expressed joy over Chandrakanth’s win.

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