Bengaluru: In the keenly contested Bangalore Turf Club elections, well-known designer Anuradha Nagappa on Monday became the second women elected to the prestigious club.
Also making it to the elite list of members, restricted to 350, was Mysuru royal Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, who notched up the second highest number of votes of 242 off 293 valid votes polled.
B Pranav Garudachar, son of prominent city businessman Uday Garudachar, polled the maximum 248. He was followed by Yaduveer and DCP south-east Boralingaiah (237).
There were 22 contestants for 12 vacancies which arose following the death of members.
Wadiyar, 24. had filed nominations in both BTC and Mysore Racing Club which also went to the polls recently. Incidentally, land for both clubs was granted by the Wadiyars in 1863 and 1891 respectively.
Wadiyar told TOI, “It was a very good show and I’d like to thank members for their support. I’m happy to be part of the club, especially because equine sports are a part of our family legacy. Both race courses were set up on land given by the family. I look forward to carrying on the legacy.”
Anuradha, popularly known as Anu, joins Yumna Harisingh Jawa, daughter of former top cop and bureaucrat Jija Hari Singh and Subir Hari Singh, who became the first woman member in 2013.
Anu, a fashion design graduate from the American College, London, had unsuccessfully contested elections the previous year. An elated Anu, who garnered 184 votes, said, “It feels great to have made the cut after the hard work put in by my father, husband and friends. I can’t thank the members enough. Being a woman and contesting the elections definitely wasn’t easy. After I lost last year, I wasn’t up to it but my family helped me go through the campaigning grind again.”
Among the winners were hotelier KV Bhaskar Raju and D Akhilesh Basappa, son of horse owner and former captain of the Indian basketball team Nandini Basappa.
Results: B Pranav Garudachar (248); Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar (242); Dr Boralingaiah (237); Abhijit Nayak (232); Dr TS Ravindra (206); Rahul Arun (198); Sateesh Chandra (188); D Akhilesh Basappa (188); Mayur Uppini (184); Anuradha Nagappa (184); Arvind Sood (175); KV Bhaskar Raju (153)