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Hoskote records 89 per cent polling
DH News Service,Bangalore:
Hoskote Assembly constitutency in Bangalore Rural district witnessed the highest polling per centage in the first phase with 89.18 per cent of the electorate excercising their franchise while Sarvagnanagar in BBMP limits polled the lowest at 35.53 pc.
The Election Commission on Monday released the constitutency wise break-up of polling percentage in the 89 constitutencies which went to polls on Saturday.
In Hoskote as many as 1.41 lakh of the 1.58 lakh electorate turned up to vote on polling day.
Sidlaghatta (82.26); Srinivasapura (83.26), Malur (81.7) Arkalgud (81.48) and Gundlupet (81.11) are the other constitutencies which have crossed the 80 pc mark in polling.
Ramanagara recorded a polling per centage of 72.99. The constitutency wise break-up:
Tiptur: 77.84, Turuvekere: 77.81,
Kunigal: 77.53, Tumkur City: 52.54,
Tumkur Rural: 77.84,
Gubbi: 80.19, Sira: 77.04,
Kolar Gold Field: 62.99,
Kolar: 70.23, Malur: 81.7,
K.R. Pura: 43.06,
Mahalakshmi Layout: 51.49,
C.V. Raman Nagar: 40.71,
Shanti Nagar: 44.45,
Gandhi Nagar: 44.22,
Rajaji Nagar: 52.69,
Govindraj Nagar: 42.52,
Padmanaba Nagar: 53.08,
BTM Layout: 46.88,
Bangalore South: 43.99,
Gundlupet : 81.11
The JD(S) Assembly candidate for Bellary City walked out of the electoral battlefield and shook hands with the Congress leaders.
On record, Babu said that he had bid goodbye to the JD(S) to teach a lesson to the ‘communal forces’ (meaning the BJP). Mallikarjun Kharge said, “during elections many developments take place. Ambareesh did the negotiation.” When his attention was drawn to the rumours that huge money was exchanged between Ambareesh and Babu to get the latter to the Congress fold, Kharge just said, “I have no idea about it”.
Reacting sharply to the development, BJP leader Janardhan Reddy told media persons
“In Bellary people know that Diwakar Babu and his family is into goondagiri. His track record is so bad that people would further loathe him. In last 40 years, he and his Mundlur family members could do nothing for the development of Bellary
It is the SCs and STs (35,000 voters), Kurubas (25,000), SCs and and minority community (15,000), who hold the key for a candidate to emerge victorious
Other Opposition Parties commit lot of Sins!
In Shikarpura & Bellary BSP wins!
The BJP spokesperson Suresh Kumar has alleged that the Congress party has violated the model code of conduct by using national tri-colour with the emblem of Ashok
Chakra for canvassing.
video CD brought out by Niranjan Rao for campaigning shows the usage of national flag at three scenes. Even the cover of the CD shows the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with the tri-colour, alleged Suresh Kumar. He pointed out that the government schemes for schoolchildren and Yashaswini Schemes have also been used to garner votes.
The Congress party said that it released VCDs prepared for campaigning only after obtaining approval from the Election Commission.
Other Opposition Parties commit lot of Sins!
Puttur assembly constituency, also known as the areca capital of the State, has been in news in the entire State ever since former MLA T Shakunthala Shetty was denied ticket by the BJP.
The subsequent support by former MLA Urimajalu Ram Bhat, who is also the ‘political guru’ for a number of politicians including BJP State President D V Sadananda Gowda, to Ms Shetty compounded the problems for the BJP.The BJP came to power in Puttur for the first time in 1978 and retained the seat in 1983 (Ram Bhat). However, in 1985, Mr Ram Bhat lost to Mr Vinay Kumar Sorake (Cong) and Mr Sorake succeeded in retaining the seat in 1989 as well. In 1994, Mr Sorake lost to Mr D V Sadananda Gowda (BJP) by a thin margin of 404 votes (While Sorake polled 52,611 votes, DV polled 53,015 votes). In 1999, Mr D V Sadananda Gowda retained the seat and in 2004, Mr Gowda fielded Ms Shakunthala Shetty who too won the seat.
Interestingly, the BJP official candidate Mallika Prasad too was not keen on contesting against Ms Shetty as everyone (including Ms Prasad) know that the BJP had meted out injustice to Ms Shetty. An unofficial meeting convened a few days ago revealed that 43 out of 45 BJP village committee chiefs favoured Ms Shetty. But the BJP top leaders were adamant and they cared a damn for public opinion. While the leaders are supporting official candidate, many BJP workers are supporting Ms Shetty! In fact, a situation has arisen in Puttur that the BJP leaders have decided to defeat Ms Shetty at any cost. “It does not matter whether BJP wins or not, but Ms Shakunthala Shetty should not win,” is the ‘decision’ taken by the BJP leaders.
However, people have a feeling that if Ms Prasad is elected, she may not be available to the workers later, whereas Ms Shakunthala Shetty is known for her courage to solve any problem.
JD(S) too has extended its support to Ms Shetty and it has not fielded any candidate in Puttur. JD(S) spokesperson Subbaiah Shetty said that the decision of not fielding any candidate came after Ms Shetty sought support from Mr H D Kumaraswamy.
On the other hand, the decision of Congress leaders to field District Youth Congress President Bondala Jagannath Shetty has irked the Congress leaders of Puttur. But a number of people opine that though Mr Bondala is a person who people love to hate, they agree that he can get the things done.
His ‘managerial’ skills of obtaining a ticket for himself and his ‘capacity’ of bringing Union Minister Renuka Choudhury speaks volumes about him. Mr Vinaykumar Sorake, who won as MLA twice is campaigning for Mr Shetty.
Congress workers are looking for an able leader in Puttur, especially to counter the BJP and RSS which is growing by leaps and bounds. “If there is any person in the district who can take on RSS supremo Dr Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat head-on, it is none other than Mr Bondala,” opines Ibrahim, an aged person.
Ms Nalini Lokappa Gowda is contesting as an independent after she failed to get a ticket from the Congress. She too may ‘snatch’ a few Congress votes.
Finally, how many votes Ms Shakunthala Shetty is going to take away from BJP’s Mallika Prasad will decide whether Ms Shetty or Mr Shetty will make it to the Vidhana Soudha
Other Opposition Parties commit lot of Sins!
In Puttur BSP wins!
Caste will play a pivotal role
Tirthahalli taluk is no longer a place of rustic innocence as visualised by poet laureate Kuvempu in his works. The region is now a potpourri of problems like drastic depletion in areca yield due to fungal infection, deforestation in the name of development, displacement due to construction of reservoirs and problems of Naxalites. Voters are hoping sincere efforts from representativesthe persons who represent the constituency to address these problems.
Voters of Tirthahalli assembly segment have favoured non-Congress parties. In the 12 Assembly elections held so far, non-Congress candidates have registered victory eight times. This time the constituency will witness triangular contest between BJP candidate Araga Jnanendra, Kimmane Rathnakar of Congress and Kadtur Dinesh of Samajawadi party.
Nagara and Humcha hoblis of Hosanagar taluk and Nidige hobli of Shimoga taluk are included in Tirthahalli Assembly constituency after delimitation. The delimitation is expected to spring surprise result this election. Along with Vokkaliga, after delimitation Idiga and Havyaka Brahmin communities will also form the major chunk of population in the constituency and caste consideration is also expected to play an important role in the election.
Araga Jnanendra has scored hat trick by registering victory in 1994, 1999 and 2004. Mr Araga who is humble in his approach and is easily accessible to the mass is hoping for a straight fourth win. He is seeking votes on the basis of performance of BJP leaders in JD(S)-BJP coalition government. Gujarath Chief Minister Narendra Modi has campaigned for Araga Jnanendra in the constituency. Kimmane Rathnakar who lost against Araga Jnanendra last two elections enjoys sympathy of the voters. Kadtur Dinesh of Samajawadi party also stands fair chance of winning the election. Vokkaliga votes will split between Araga Jnanendra, Kimmane Rathnakar and Kadtur Dinesh.
As Idiga votes are in significant number here, Kadtur Dinesh is expecting them with the grace of S Bangarappa.
With the emergence of BSP as strong force this time other opposition parties are finding it difficult to maintain the winning streak.