Ahead of LS polls, Tejasvi Surya, who is a lawyer by profession, got Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prestigious Bangalore South seat in Karnataka. Earlier, the seat was held by Union Minister Ananth Kumar, who died last year. Ananth Kumar had retained the seat ever since he defeated Congress's BK Hariprasad in 1999 and ruled for 6 terms.While speaking to media person about Tejaswini Ananth Kumar, Surya said, "She is like a mother figure to me. She has seen me growing up. Ananth Kumar groomed me for what I am today."