P Anil Kumar from Thiruvananthapuram, a tea-seller to richest independent candidate in Karnataka polls

April 22, 2018

Its a moment of pride for each and every Keralite, especially a Trivandrum person can cherish off. Yes, P Anil Kumar, a 43-year-old tea-seller from Trivandrum, exactly from Kattakkada, turned businessman has filed nomination papers as an independent candidate to contest elections from Bommanahalli constituency of Bengaluru. According to his filed affidavit, he is the richest independent candidate to fight Karnataka electoral battle with declared assets worth Rs 339 crore. Kumar left his home in Kerala at the age of 11 because of his family’s worst financial condition. To earn his living, he started selling tea in Bengaluru. To look after 3 children, his mother started working as a house help after his father’s death.

Talking about past life and struggle faced, he said, “ My mother used to wipe floors and wash utensils at people’s houses. She would get four idlis to eat but would first feed us.” He failed to study beyond class 3. Kumar used to sleep outside closed shops at night. But, one day a kind-hearted man came and offered him help and job to carry mangoes from one place to another. During the IT boom in the country, he expanded his tea selling business and fortunately started saving more. The little financial boost gave him a lot of confidence.



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