As votes were counted for the elections held Sunday, the Bharatiya Janata Party appeared set for a humiliating rout in the state where it took power five years ago — relegated to the third spot.
In contrast, the Congress headed for triumph. Congress workers celebrated wildly in Bangalore, bursting firecrackers.
It’s almost a clean sweep for the Congress in the Assembly elections in Dakshina Kannada. The Congress emerged victorious in seven constituencies while the BJP had to be satisfied with a win only in Sullia constituency with 65913 by S Angara who defeated Dr Raghu of Congress who secured 64540 votes.
In Mangalore South, Congress candidate JR Lobo has broken the winning spree of four time MLA Yogish Bhat, by defeating the latter by a margin of 11610 votes in the prestigious Mangalore South Assembly constituency. The victory of Lobo, a former bureaucrat and the defeat of Yogish Bhat has been a major setback to the BJP.The victory of Lobo in Mangalore South, a constituency where the party was longing for a win over the past several years, has been a great morale booster for the Congress.Lobo secured 61433 votes while BJP’s Yogish Bhat could get 50355 votes.
In Mangalore North, BJP has suffered another major setback in the prestigious Mangalore North constituency. Here its two time MLA and former minister Krishna J Palemar has lost to Moidin Bava of Congress by a margin of 2420 votes. In fact Bava had lost the previous elections to Palemar by a margin of 16000 votes.
In Mangalore constituency UT Khader of the Congress has registered a great win by a margin of 19000 votes against Chandrahas Ullal of BJP.
In Moodbidri Congress candidate Abhayachandra Jain has won by a margin of 4419 votes against Umanath Kotian of BJP. In Puttur, Shakuntala Shetty of Congress has defeated Sanjeeva Matandoor of BJP by 4252 votes. In Bantwal Congress candidate Ramanatha Rai who is also the DCC Chief, has registered an emphatic win over Rajesh Naik of BJP by 10526 votes.
In Belthangady sitting MLA Vasanth Bangera has defeated Ranjan Gowda of BJP. Bangera bagged 66,596 votes as against 52278 votes polled by Ranjan Gowda.
In Karkala, Sunil Kumar of BJP won against his Congress rival Gopal Bhandary. He secured 65039 votes as against 60785 votes secured by the Congress candidate. He is the only BJP candidate to win from Udupi.
Udupi Assembly Constituency was won by Congress Strongmen Pramod Madhwaraj who defeated BJP’s Sudhakar Shetty. Pramod gained a total of 86868 votes whereas Sudhakar Shetty got only 47344 votes.
Congress District President, Gopal Poojary won Byndoor with 82277 votes against B Sukumar Shetty who got 51128 votes.
The Much talked Kaup Constituency was won by Vinay Kumar Sorake with total of 52782 votes who faced close fight with sitting MLA Lalaji R Mendon who finished close second with 50927 votes. Incidentally Former Congress men and rebel candidate Vasant V Salian who contested from JDS ticket finished a dismal third place with just 4327.
Another buzzing constituency from the district was Kundapur where tall political leader who is known as Vajapee of Kundapur and former BJP MLA Haladi Srinivas Shetty who contested as Independent candidate won with a landslide victory with a whopping 80563 votes. Congress Malyadi Shivram Shetty got only 39952 votes. BJP’s Kishore Kumar finished third with just 14524.
Congress strongman in Karnataka Siddharamiah was sanguine in victory. “It was only expected,” said the man who could be the next chief minister.
Added BJP leader and former chief minister Sadanand Gowda soberly: “We have not been able to rise to the occasion. We could not reach out to the voter with whatever development work we did in Karnataka.”
The BJP, which has seen three chief ministers in five years and found itself split right down the middle with BS Yeddyurappa forming his own party, was way behind with 40 seats.
Even the Janata Dal-S (JD-S) got 40 seats. And Yeddyurappa’s Karnataka Janata Party (KJP), who left the BJP amid allegations of corruption, made its political debut with an 6 seats.
It was a reversal of fortunes of sorts for the two main parties – the Congress, readying for power in Bangalore, is on the backfoot in New Delhi as the BJP demands the resignations of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as well as union ministers Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar.
For the Congress, battling an opposition offensive over graft charges in New Delhi, the victory was just what it needed to get a morale boost ahead of the general elections in 2014.
Said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi: “We are winning because people have seen through and rejected the BJP.”
For the BJP, the election result was a sharp fall from five years ago when it won 110 seats and formed its first government in the south with the help of five independents.
The rout saw deputy chief minister KS Eshwarappa, loose in his home constituency in Shimoga along with Muruegesh Nirani in Bilagi in north Karnataka.
The party lost badly both in rural and urban areas. A sorry scenario because it had hoped to make Karnataka the base to make a major breakthrough into south India.
Said the party’s Rajiv Pratap Rudy: “We have lost the election. And it is time for introspection.”
JD-S leader H.D. Kumaraswamy, who had hoped perhaps to be kingmaker, said he was happy to be the main opposition.
“We will be happy to be the main opposition in Karnataka. We will play our role well. The Congress is not going to come to us seeking our help, we know that,” the former chief minister said.
The assembly has 224 elected and one nominated members. The election took place Sunday for 223 seats as election was cancelled in one constituency after the BJP candidate died.
Udupi Constituency – Pramod Madhwaraj
|PRAMOD MADHWARAJ||Indian National Congress||86868|
|B. SUDHAKAR SHETTY||Bharatiya Janata Party||47344|
|ALEVOOR YOGEESH ACHARYA||Independent||1472|
|BARKUR SATISH POOJARY||Janata Dal (Secular)||1017|
|MANJUNATH. V.||Bahujan Samaj Party||986|
Kundapur Constituency – Haladi Srinivas Shetty
|HALADY SRINIVASA SHETTY||Independent||80563|
|MALLYADI SHIVARAMA SHETTY||Indian National Congress||39952|
|KISHORE KUMAR||Bharatiya Janata Party||14524|
|KRISHNA BARATHCAL||Janata Dal (United)||738|
Byndoor Constituency – K Gopala Poojary
|K.GOPALA POOJARY||Indian National Congress||82277|
|B.M. SUKUMAR SHETTY||Bharatiya Janata Party||51128|
|NAVEENCHANDRA UPPUNDA||Karnataka Jantha Paksha||4177|
|K.SHANKER||Communist Party of India (Marxist)||2960|
|H. SURESH POOJRAY||Independent||1611|
|UDAYA KUMAR TALLUR||Bahujan Samaj Party||1515|
|SURAYYA BANU||Janata Dal (Secular)||1023|
|LOKESH VITTAL BORKAR SIRSI||Independent||630|
|MANJUNATHA K||Janata Dal (United)||334|
Karkala Constituency – V Sunil Kumar
|V.SUNILL KUMAR||Bharatiya Janata Party||65039|
|H.GOPAL BHANDARY||Indian National Congress||60785|
|WALTER D’SOUZA||Janata Dal (Secular)||1302|
|ANNA SUNIL SOANS||Bahujan Samaj Party||878|
|PRAVEEN POOJARI||Karnataka Jantha Paksha||553|
|K P PADMAVATHI||Independent||478|
Kaup Constituency – Vinay Kumar Sorake
|VINAY KUMAR SORAKE||Indian National Congress||52782|
|LALAJI R.MENDON||Bharatiya Janata Party||50927|
|VASANTH V.SALIAN||Janata Dal (Secular)||4327|
|ABDUL HAKEEM||SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF INDIA||2171|
|VIJAYA KUMAR HEGDE.B||Independent||467|
Belthangady Constituency – K Vasantha Bangera
|K. VASANTHA BANGERA||Indian National Congress||74530|
|RANJAN G. GOWDA||Bharatiya Janata Party||58789|
|B.M. BHAT||Communist Party of India (Marxist)||4532|
|RAJASHREE S. HEGDE||Janata Dal (Secular)||2682|
|SUKHESHA KUMAR||Karnataka Jantha Paksha||2673|
|CHENNAKESHAVA||Bahujan Samaj Party||1747|
|VENKATESHA BENDE||Janata Dal (United)||1276|
Moodabidri Constituency – K Abhayachandra Jain
|K ABHAYACHANDRA JAIN||Indian National Congress||53180|
|UMANATHA KOTIAN||Bharatiya Janata Party||48630|
|K AMARANATHA SHETTY||Janata Dal (Secular)||20471|
|B ISMAIL||SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF INDIA||3523|
|ABHAYA KUMAR JAIN||Independent||1650|
|MICHEL LOBO||Karnataka Jantha Paksha||1354|
Sullia Constituency – S Angara
|ANGARA. S||Bharatiya Janata Party||65913|
|DR. B. RAGHU||Indian National Congress||64540|
|NANDARAJ SANKESH||Janata Dal (Secular)||8551|
|M. KOOSAPPA||SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF INDIA||2569|
|CHANDRAVATHI||Karnataka Jantha Paksha||1001|
|K. KUSHALA BELLARE||Independent||705|
Bantwal Constituency – B Ramanatha Rai
|B.RAMANATHA RAI||Indian National Congress||81665|
|RAJESH NAIK ULIPADY||Bharatiya Janata Party||63815|
|ADVOCATE ABDUL MAJID||SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF INDIA||6113|
|KRISHNAPPA POOJARY KALLADKA||Janata Dal (Secular)||1927|
|LOLAKSHA||Republican Party of India (A)||1511|
|IBRAHIM KAILARA||Karnataka Jantha Paksha||1157|
Puttur Constituency – Shakuntala Shetty
|SHAKUNTALA T SHETTY||Indian National Congress||66345|
|SANJEEVA MATANDOOR||Bharatiya Janata Party||62056|
|DINESH B N||Janata Dal (Secular)||6625|
|ABUBAKKAR SIDDIK||SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF INDIA||4442|
|JAYARAM BHAT A MADAVU||Karnataka Jantha Paksha||1506|
Mangalore Constituency – UT Khader
|U T KHADER||Indian National Congress||69450|
|CHANDRAHAS ULLAL||Bharatiya Janata Party||40339|
|MOHAMMED AKRAM HASAN||SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF INDIA||4808|
|K KRISHNAPPA SALIAN||Communist Party of India (Marxist)||3815|
|ABDUL AZIZ MALAR||Janata Dal (Secular)||2152|
|K RAVEENDRA SHETTY||Karnataka Jantha Paksha||729|
|HAMEED ULLAL||Janata Dal (United)||166|
Mangalore North – BA Mohiuddin Bava
|B.A.MOHIUDDIN BAVA||Indian National Congress||69897|
|KRISHNA.J.PALEMAR||Bharatiya Janata Party||64524|
|ABOOBAKKAR||SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF INDIA||3323|
|RAMACHANDRA BAIKAMPADY||Karnataka Jantha Paksha||2104|
|GULAM MOHAMMED||Janata Dal (Secular)||1808|
|H. VINAYA ACHARYA||Independent||1536|
|SUPREETH KUMAR POOJARY||Nationalist Congress Party||1136|
Mangalore South Constituency – JR Lobo
|J.R.LOBO||Indian National Congress||67829|
|N. YOGISH BHAT||Bharatiya Janata Party||55554|
|VASANTH ACHARI||Communist Party of India (Marxist)||3016|
|S.P.CHANGAPPA||Janata Dal (Secular)||1672|
|JALEEL KRISHNAPURA||SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF INDIA||1672|
|DAYANANDA SHETTY||Karnataka Jantha Paksha||657|
|DERICK PINTO||Pyramid Party of India||377|
|YOGISH SHETTY JEPPU||Independent||298|
|HARISH ALVA||Janata Dal (United)||96|
District Wise Results of Karnataka Assembly Elections 2013:
|S.No||District Name||AC NO||Trends / Win||INC||BJP||JDS||KJP||BSR||OTH|