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BJP ahead of Congress in Karnataka Assembly polls; Cong, JD(S) also stake claim

GT Devegowda of JD(S) dethrones Cong’s Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari Constituency

Mysuru/ Bengaluru, May 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah’s wave has worked successfully in Karnataka Assembly elections as the BJP is set to unseat the Congress government in Karnataka.

In a high-voltage election held in Karnataka on May 12, the BJP has stung the ruling Siddaramaiah-led Congress government by crossing 105 mark in leads (at 01:30 pm) and is likely to cross the magic 113-mark to come to power in the state.

A majority of exit polls by various agencies predicted a ‘hung’ Assembly, but if the BJP manages to cross the 110 mark and join hands with independent candidates, the state can have a single party government.

G T DEVEGOWDA DEFEATS SIDDARAMAIAH IN CHAMUNDESHWARI

Siddaramaiah lost in the Chamundeshwari Assembly Constituency from where he was elected for five times in the past. The Chamundeshwari Constituency which had gained national attention witnessed a tight poll battle between Janata Dal (Secular) leader G T Devegowda and Siddaramaiah. In the poll results, it was a decisive win for GT Devegowda against Siddaramaiah with a margin of 36,042 votes.

Siddaramaiah who vacated his seat in Varuna Constiotuency to his son Dr Yathindra was keen on winning Chamundeshwari seat which had given him political rebirth in 2006 when he quit JD(S) and joined the Congress. However, his hopes of winning from Chamundeshwari disappeared as the electorate cast their votes in favour of G T Devegowda.

Speaking to media persons here, G T Devegowda said, “The people have rejected Siddaramaiah and he lost his reputation with loose talks and a bad nature of attacking everyone.”

BJP BAGS 3 SEATS IN MYSURU DISTRICT

The BJP which had not won Assembly seats in Mysuru district from the past five years has managed to bag three seats this time.

BJP candidates L Nagendra, S A Ramadas and Harshavardhan have triumphed in the elections from Chamaraja, Krishnaraja and Nanjangud Constituencies respectively.

Former Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) chairman L Nagendra won against against Congress candidate Vasu with a margin of 14,936 votes. While JD(S) candidate Prof K S Rangappa managed to secure only 27,284 votes and independent candidate who was declined ticket from the JD(S) K Harish Gowda bagged 21,282 votes.

Former minister and BJP leader S A Ramadas swept to victory by 15,632 votes against Congress candidate M K Somashekar. Ramadas emerged winner by getting a total of 49,597 votes while Somashekar managed to secure only 33965 votes, and JD(S) candidate K V Mallesh secured 7983 votes.

 

4 NEW FACES EMERGE WINNERS

Four new faces have emerged as winners in their first contest in the Assembly elections. Dr Yathindra Siddaramaiah won against BJP’s Thotadappa Basavaraju by a margin of 56,658. Dr Yathindra secured 89,105 votes while Basavaraju could muster only 32,447 votes and JD(S) candidate Abhishek secured 27526 votes.

Congress candidate Anil Chikkamadu, son of former MLA late Chikkamadu defeated JD(S) candidate Beechanahalli Chikkanna with a big margin of 22093 votes from ST reserved HD Kote Constituency.

 

Harshavardhan, son-in-law of former minister and BJP state vice president V Srinivas Prasad who secured 78,030 votes defeated Kalale Keshavamurthy of Congress. Keshavamurthy had win against Srinivas Prasad in the by-elections held last year.

Ashwin Kumar emerged victorious by securing 28,478 votes in his first contest defeating PWD and District In-charge Minister Dr HC Mahadevappa from T Narasipur Constituency.

Harshavardhan, son-in-law of Srinivas Prasad with 78,030 votes defeated Kalale Keshavamurthy.

TANVEER SAIT, K MAHADEV, AH VISHWANATH WIN

Congress candidate from Narasimharaja Constituency emerged as winner against S Satheesh (Sandesh Swamy) of BJP with a margin of 18127 votes. SDPI’s candidate Abdul Majeed secured 33,284 votes.

Meanwhile, JD(S) candidate from Hunsur constituency defeated Congress candidate H P Manjunath with a margin of 8575 votes.

While K Mahadev of JD(S) defeated his nearest rival K Venkatesh of the Congress candidate with a margin of 7424 votes.

In the KR Nagara constituency a close fight was witnessed between Sa Ra Mahesh of JD(S) and Ravishankar of congress party however Mahesh managed to win with 1256 votes.

However, due to the ‘hung’ verdict by the electorate in Karnataka, the formation of a new government may take some time. The three political parties – BJP, Congress and JD(S) has received a fractured mandate. –(KK)

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