Renowned Cardiologist Dr. C.N. Manjunath Challenges Congress Heavyweight in Bangalore Election

Renowned cardiologist Dr. C.N. Manjunath, a Padma Shri awardee, set to make political debut in 2024 Bangalore election, challenging Congress heavyweight D.K. Suresh in high-stakes battle.

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Renowned Cardiologist Dr. C.N. Manjunath Challenges Congress Heavyweight in Bangalore Election

Renowned Cardiologist Dr. C.N. Manjunath Challenges Congress Heavyweight in Bangalore Election

Dr. C.N. Manjunath, a distinguished cardiologist and recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri award, is set to make his political debut in the 2024 Bangalore election. Manjunath will be contesting on a BJP ticket against Congress heavyweight D.K. Suresh, the brother of Karnataka's Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar, in the Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha constituency.

D.K. Suresh, a three-time MP, is currently the second richest candidate in Phase 2 of the Lok Sabha elections, with declared assets worth Rs 593 crore. Over the last five years, his assets have seen a substantial 75% increase. The BJP-JD(S) alliance has strategically fielded Dr. Manjunath, who is also the son-in-law of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, to challenge Suresh in this high-stakes electoral battle.

Known for his calm demeanor and down-to-earth approach, Dr. Manjunath believes he has the backing of both the BJP and JD(S) in the constituency, which has a strong base in the rural areas. He aims to leverage his expertise in the public healthcare system and take the successful Jayadeva model of affordable healthcare to the national level. Manjunath's work in this field has garnered widespread appreciation.

Why this matters: The contest between Dr. C.N. Manjunath and D.K. Suresh in the Bangalore Rural constituency is a high-profile battle that could have significant implications for the political landscape in Karnataka. The outcome of this election will not only test the strength of the BJP-JD(S) alliance but also determine the future representation of the region in the Lok Sabha.

Dr. Manjunath's strong connection to the region, with his father-in-law H.D. Deve Gowda having deep roots in the area, is expected to play a vital role in the election. While acknowledging the tough competition, Manjunath remains optimistic, stating, "My personal contributions to society and the 'feel-good factor' about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's potential third term are working in my favor." The stage is set for a fierce electoral battle as the renowned cardiologist takes on the Congress heavyweight in the 2024 Bangalore election.

Key Takeaways

  • Dr. C.N. Manjunath, a Padma Shri awardee, to make political debut for BJP in 2024.
  • Manjunath to contest against Congress' D.K. Suresh, the 2nd richest candidate in Phase 2.
  • Manjunath aims to leverage his expertise in public healthcare and the Jayadeva model.
  • The contest in Bangalore Rural could have significant implications for Karnataka's politics.
  • Manjunath's connection to Deve Gowda and "feel-good factor" about Modi's 3rd term are factors.