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Updated: August 11, 2013 10:43 IST

Why Perdoor is tuned in to Australia

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Shilpa Hegde
Shilpa Hegde

Perdoor-born Shilpa Hegde's talent at communicating with people was noticed by top leaders of the Liberal Party, who fielded her as its candidate from Wills in Melbourne.

Perdoor, a small village about 20 km from Udupi, is keenly following Australia now. No, the reason is not Nathan Lyon and the Ashes, but the federal elections on September 7.

The Opposition Liberal Party has fielded Perdoor’s daughter Shilpa Hegde as its candidate from Wills in Melbourne.

An alumna of NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte, Ms. Hegde (36) migrated to Melbourne in 2001, after her marriage to Dayanand Shetty. The mother of two boys — Nihal (10) and Sahil (8) — is an IT consultant for global company DWS. Her mother, Shashikala Hegde, said that Mr. Shetty was a member of the Liberal Party and was involved in politics. “Shilpa began accompanying Dayanand to these meetings and she, too, developed an interest in politics,” she said.

Ms. Hegde is a good orator and loves to be engaged in community work, said her father Mohandas Hegde. Her talent at communicating and mixing with people was noticed by the top leaders of the Liberal Party, who decided to field her as the candidate for the Wills constituency. “Getting a ticket is a big achievement, winning is a different matter,” he said. Ms. Hegde is still in touch with Perdoor and was in her home town in April. “She is expected to come again in December, perhaps, as an Australian MP,” said her mother.

it is great to see someone from India to representing aussie govt, yet no one has won, i wish shilpa and other Indian candidates good luck , cheers! Raj

from:  raj
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 16:12 IST

We are glad to hear the news of her being selected , more so she is from karnataka and wish her victory.

from:  Rammohan
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 01:00 IST
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