Bengaluru: BJP on Sunday evening released the names of candidates for Rajya Sabha elections scheduled on February 27. The BJP has replaced Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar with a fresh face. The party has named Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Narayanasa K Bhandage as its nominee from Karnataka.
The decision comes as a surprise to many as it was expected that Rajeev Chandrasekhar might be the party’s automatic choice. Meanwhile, former minister V Somanna who had sought a Rajya Sabha seat from Karnataka was also ignored.
The RSS leader and the long-time party worker Narayanasa Bhandage was chosen for the Rajya Sabha.
Who is Narayanasa Bhandage?
Narayanasa has been a long-time RSS and BJP worker and has taken part in several agitations including in Ram Temple construction in Ayodhya.
The Hindutva leader joined the RSS when he was just 17 in Bagalkot. Since then he has involved himself in various social activities.
According to Narayanasa, he was the founder member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in Bagalkot district.
He joined politics through Jana Sangha in 1973. He was arrested for 18 days during the emergency period.
He was an active member of the Ram Temple agitation and participated twice as ‘kar sevak’ for the construction of the temple in Ayodhya. He was part of several movements and protests which led to the construction of the Ram Temple.
He was the former state vice president and Bagalkot district president of the BJP.
“I was not expecting this. I only came to know about it from the media. A normal party worker has been chosen for the Rajya Sabha, this can only happen in the BJP. This has motivated me to work more for the party. This shows that the work of every worker is being noted in the BJP,” Narayanasa said.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar might be asked to contest the Lok Sabha elections.