Two youngsters will be fighting their first election in Bidar this April. Chandrakant Kulkarni of the Aam Admi Party and Bhagwant Khuba of the Bharatiya Janata Party have not contested any election so far.

While Mr. Khuba, the district vice president of the BJP, has been actively involved in party activities and elections in some way for over 15 years, for Mr. Kulkarni politics is an entirely new errand.

‘Go-to man’

Mr. Kulkarni, known as “CK Sir” among his students and colleagues at the Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College has been the go-to man for issues like mediating between students and management or resolving differences between student groups.

Mr. Kulkarni was actively involved in Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption. He headed the district membership committee of the AAP. The tech-savvy teacher, who is in his 50s, keeps referring to a laptop while speaking to presspersons.

The 47-year-old BJP nominee, Mr. Khuba, is also testing his luck in the elections for the first time. Youngest of the four sons of Gurubasappa Khuba, a farmer from Aurad, Mr. Bhagwant went to Tumkur for his bachelor of engineering degree from the Siddaganga Institute of Technology. The mechanical engineer now works as a contractor for Public Works Department and the Railways. The Karnataka BJP website describes Mr. Khuba as a leader who rose through the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. “He was jailed during the Gokak agitation in the 1980s. Apart from organisational responsibilities, he has actively participated in all the elections since 2004,” says his profile.

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