Rizwan Arshad, a name that is now inseparable from Shivajinagar constituency, started as a grassroots worker of the Indian National Congress at the age of 17, in 1995.
Joining the National Student Union of India as a Senate Member, he quickly ascended to the post of National General Secretary by 1999, in just 4 years. Rizwan Arshad’s rise in the Congress continued as he assumed the post of National General Secretary of the Indian Youth Congress in 2010.
He became the first elected State President of the Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress in 2011 and was re-elected in 2014 with a huge margin of votes. This led to him being selected as the Congress candidate from the Bengaluru Central constituency in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Two years later, Rizwan Arshad became a member of the State Legislative Council (MLC) where he was instrumental in the allocation of funds for various developmental projects. The people’s support and love for Rizwan Arshad led to him contesting the 2019 elections for Bengaluru Central where he lost by a small margin.
This did not deter Rizwan Arshad’s dedication to continue working for the people, and recognising this, the Congress party gave him the opportunity to contest the by-polls for Shivajinagar assembly constituency in 2019.
Since 2019, when he became the representative of Shivajinagar in the State Assembly, he has worked hard to develop Shivajinagar, helping the people get their rightful development and helping Shivajinagar rise up the ladder in civic infrastructure, education, health, waste management and other areas. Since 2019, Rizwan has worked tirelessly for the people of Shivajinagar and is today a visible, loved and accessible leader to every one of the residents he represents.
Today, due to Rizwan, Shivajinagar has clean, committed, accessible governance.