Anil Kumar Sastry
BANGALORE: Contrary to the common perception that politicians are mostly geriatric, a majority of the candidates contesting from the 28 constituencies in Bangalore are less than 50.
The average age of 84 candidates representing three major political parties — the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (Secular) – is 49.28 years to be precise. The younger faces reflect the character of the city which the candidates are going to represent. Among the three major parties, the BJP has youngest candidates with their average age being 48.07 years. However, they party also has the oldest candidate, Pramila Nesargi (Vijayanagar), who is 70.
Congress candidates are the oldest with their average age being 50.25 years followed by the Janata Dal (Secular) whose candidates’ average age is 49.53 years. The youngest among all candidates — 30-year-old B.Z. Muzamil Ahmed Khan — has been fielded by JD(S) for Chickpet constituency.
BJP has 21 candidates aged 50 or less, Janata Dal (Secular) 17 and Congress 14 candidates aged 50 or less. Similarly, the BJP has four candidates aged 40 or less while both Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) have two candidates each in this age group. Among Congress candidates, K.C. Vijaya Kumar (C.V. Raman Nagar) aged 65 is the oldest and Krishna Byre Gowda (Byatarayanapura), aged 35 is the youngest.