BV Srinivas: The ex-cricketer hitting it big in politics | Bengaluru News – Times of India
BENGALURU: BV Srinivas, the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) national president who was born in Karnataka, is being praised for his Covid-19 relief efforts, with his team responding to scores of appeals for help. He is the textbook definition of being an accidental politician.
A talented wicketkeeperbatsman, he represented Karnataka in the under-19 cricket. His playing career was cut short when he hurt his eye during a match in 2003. A different game awaited him in the field of politics, and he is currently the most soughtafter man in the capital.
“My party colleagues say cricket’s loss is the gain of politics. But I believe in destiny. The journey I took in politics started with NSUI [National Student Union of India], which I joined after the eye injury. Soon, my work was recognised by Congress leaders, who took me to the Youth Congress in 2006,” said Srinivas.
The 39-year-old youth leader is the son of a railway employee from Bhadravathi, Shivamogga district. His father passed away while he was in school and his mother suggested that he should join the railways. He dropped out as an undergrad from the National College in Bengaluru to become a politician.
Srinivas caught the attention of the Congress leadership after leading an agitation against Hindutva ideologue Pramod Mutalik in 2010. The protest resulted in a police case, which reportedly prompted him to shift base from Bengaluru to Delhi. He was appointed as an interim president of the Youth Congress in 2019 after Keshav Chand Yadav resigned over the party’s poor showing in the Lok Sabha elections that year.
When the pandemic struck in 2020, Srinivas strengthened his position in the high command’s eyes by setting up a network of Youth Congress volunteers under SOS IYC. Rahul Gandhi was so impressed by him that he recommended that Srinivas’s position be regularised as the Youth Congress national president. He is the first Kannadiga to be appointed for the role.
As part of the IYC initiative, Srinivas has overseen the setting up of Covid control rooms in all states. The main one is in Delhi. The network responds to requests for hospital beds, oxygen cylinders, medicines and plasma in places where the local government is unable to provide assistance or is overwhelmed. Many who need help tag him in tweets and other social media posts. The team has addressed issues of several patients and even a few foreign embassies.
“@[email protected] Could you please help with oxygen cylinder urgently at the New Zealand High Commission? Thank you,” the New Zealand High Commission wrote in a now-deleted tweet. The Philippine embassy in Delhi thanked Srinivas and Rahul for donating six oxygen cylinders.