Bengaluru: In a surprising turn of events, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday fielded 28-year-old Tejasvi Surya, the lawyer and vice-president of the state BJP Yuva Morcha from Bengaluru South Lok Sabha seat. Upon his name being announced, Surya took to Twitter to express his happiness and gratitude.
Surya’s sense of jubilation resonated with the Twitterati as he tweeted, “OMG OMG!!! I can’t believe this. PM of world’s largest democracy and President of the largest political party have reposed faith in a 28-year-old guy to represent them in a constituency as prestigious as Bangalore South. This can happen only in my BJP. Only in
#NewIndia of @narendramodi.”
Tejasvi literally represented the millennial ‘us’ with his tweets and we couldn’t agree more.
“Okay! Sleep is not coming. So much excitement. So much adrenaline rush. So many hopes for the future. So much work to do. One lifetime is not enough. If Modi can work for 20 hours a day at 68, we must be able to do more at 28! Yeah. Nomination tomorrow. See you all tomorrow,” tweeted Tejasvi.
Targeting the youth, the BJP hopes to secure the millennials’ support by giving young people like Tejasvi Surya a chance in the upcoming polls.
In a series of tweets, Tejasvi thanked the BJP leaders for choosing him to represent Bengaluru South and promised to work tirelessly for the country.
In another tweet, he wrote, “My hands are trembling as I type this. Last year, I had the opportunity to talk to our Hon’ble President @AmitShah Ji. The one-hour conversation with him left me so motivated that I couldn’t sleep for a week. His determination, conviction to ideology is infectious. Thank you!” Tejasvi wrote in another post.
Several BJP leaders congratulated the 28-year-old after his candidature was announced.
The candidature of Tejasvi came as a shock as the seat was widely expected to go to Tejaswini Ananthkumar, the widow of Union minister Ananthkumar who passed away in November last year.
Before the announcement, Tejaswini Ananthkumar was expected to be fielded by the party. Ananthkumar had won six straight terms from Bengaluru South between 1996 and 2014.