Karnataka elections: Tumkur Rural Assembly constituency
The Tumkur rural constituency is located in its namesake district. Tumakuru, formerly known as Tumkur is famous for the Shree Siddaganga mutt. Karnataka Rathna Sree Sree Shivakumara Swamiji, also known as ""the walking god"" is the president of this mutt.
Etymologically, the name of the city is believed to have been mutated possibly from ""Tumbe ooru"" because of the abundance of tumbe huuvu, a kind of flower, or tamate ooru because of the folk musical percussion instrument tamate, that might have been used most here. Another story says that during the rule of cholas Gulur was their capital, since Tumakuru is at high elevation the guards used to be there on any hill with Tumaki (a kind of drum) and used to make sound in case of any alerts; hence the name.
Tumkur has been identified as National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ). NIMZ of approximately 13500 acres.The existing 15 medium scale industries and 23,804 micro and small industries employ 1,32,994 persons and account for an investment of close to 790 crores. A 2000 MW of solar power plant on 11000 acres is being developed near Pavagada to cater to the power needs of Tumakuru and adjoining districts.
Tumakuru is a knowledge hub in the south interior of Karnataka. It has Tumakuru University, two medical colleges, five engineering colleges, 38 degree and postgraduate colleges, one dental college and many polytechnics, high schools and primary schools.
B.Suresh Gowda from the BJP is the current legislator from the constituency, he defeated Gowrishankar.D.C. of JDS.