Madhwaraj vs Karandlaje: A close look at Udupi-Chikkamagaluru seat

Harshini Brahmavar

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (/SP)

Udupi, Apr 16: The Udupi-Chikkamagaluru Lok Sabha constituency is going to polls on April 18. As the polling date is drawing nearer, election campaigning has been gaining more and more momentum. Both the contenders who have been fielded by the Congress-JD(S) coalition and the BJP, are considered to be strong. In spite of shortage of time and daunting heat, workers of both the sides, who have reasons to complain, have now sunk their differences and concentrated on canvassing for their respective candidates.

Although a section within the BJP is opposed to Shobha Karandlaje's candidature, the party workers find that they have no choice but to support her as their sole aim is bringing back Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister. On the other hand, Pramod Madhwaraj, who had always been identified as a Congress leader, has secured ticket from the JD(S) as this constituency was allotted to that party during sharing of constituncies between the coalition partners. No one expected this development till the last minute. 





No doubt the decision of Congress party to field its leader and former minister, Pramod Madhwaraj with JD(S) symbol has angered many Congressmen. Still, both Pramod Madhwaraj and leaders of the Congress are fighting for their prestige. They want to reverse the assembly election trend when saffron party had crushed the Congress, and for that to happen, have forgotten their past, and have been wholeheartedly working for the victory of Pramod.

In the past, this Lok Sabha constituency did not steadily back a particular party over a period of time. In the last election, BJP came out victorious because of Modi wave and new hope the party could kindle in the voters. It may be recalled that K Jayaprakash Hegde, who was fielded by the Congress in 2012 against Sunil Kumar of the BJP had won by securing 3,98,723 votes. But in the 2014 election, Shobha Karandlaje, who was fielded by the BJP, could get 5,81,168 votes.

Like in the previous election, national leaders have been landing here on a continuous basis to make an impression on the voters to cast their votes for their party candidate.

This constituency is unique in many ways. It has been spread over two different districts, one of which is in the coast and the other is in the malnad region. The burning issues in Udupi are sand, permanent drinking water supply scheme, unemployment, national highway, tollgate charges, problems faced by cashew growers etc. In Chikkamagaluru, important issues are problems faced by coffee growers, areca nut, Kasturirangan report, apprehension about eviction of tribals living inside wildlife areas, among others.

The people have no clear opinion about which leader could provide them a lasting solution to these problems.

Coastal Karnataka, which once was in the grip of the Congress, has now slipped out of its hands and BJP has the stronghold. Loyal Congress voters are contemplating whether to cast their votes to the individual or to the JD(S) symbol. In fact, JD(S) does not have a firm footing in Udupi district. As it has only a handful of workers, bringing the workers of two parties together itself poses a formidable challenge. There is however, no doubt that Pramod Madhwaraj is an active politician who has a strong orientation towards progress.

Shobha Karandlaje, who is more of a state level leader, has stumbled on many fronts. She failed to get works done to the level expected by the electorate. She was mostly unavailable for the common people. Not having regular, direct contact with party workers has been a striking issue that can go seriously against her. Although she succeeded in bringing some central government projects to the district, she failed to attend to local issues like sand, fishermen's problems, and burning problems in malnad region. In spite of opposition from the people in Chikkamagaluru district, she has successfully carried out her election campaign there.

However, election in this constituency has never relied on caste calculations or individual prestige. People seem to be going by their loyalties to the parties and not to individuals.

2014 Lok Sabha election result:

Total votes secured: 10,34,334.
BJP votes: 5,81,168
Congress votes: 3,99,525.
JD (S) votes: 38,748.

Since then, BJP has increased its strength in the twin-districts in the assembly election, with the victory of K Raghupati Bhat, Lalaji R Mendon, Halady Srinivas Shetty and V Sunil Kumar of the BJP from Udupi, Kaup, Kundapur and Karkala constituencies respectively. There is already a strong pro-BJP wave that may favour Shobha Karandlaje irrespective of her performance as MP.

In Chikkamagaluru, Mudigere is represented by BJP's M P Kumaraswamy, Chikkamagaluru is represented by BJP's C T Ravi, T D Raje Gowda of the Congress is Sringeri MLA whereas BJP's D S Suresh is the Tarikere MLA.

JD(S) which got power in the state mostly on account of good luck, is trying to somehow maintain it. The chief minister toured the district twice, and doled out promises liberally. This initiative has give to newfound enthusiasm among the party workers. Although Pramod is a JD(S) candidate, a number of meetings are held in the Congress Bhavan.

People have noted that AICC member Amrith Shenoy has been expelled from the party for speaking against the coalition, and for filing nomination against official candidate of the party as an independent. Nevertheless, people have also not forgotten Pramod Madhwaraj's contribution to the development of Udupi constituency during his tenure as MLA, and if development is weighed, the scales may tip in Pramod's favour.

Ultimately, what matters is the choice of electorate. The question to be asked is, would people vote for the individual, the party or the PM? Going by past elections, it is safe to say the Indian electorate is capable of throwing quite a few surprises.

Udupi Lok Sabha constituency: 1. Kundapur: total number of polling booths - 222, No of voters: 2,03,279 (men 97,692, women 1,05,585). 2. Udupi: No of booths - 226, total voters: 2,09,504 (men - 1,01,386, women - 1,08,116, others - 2). 3. Kaup - Total polling booths: 208, total voters - 1,84,101 (men - 87,704, women - 96,384, others 13). 4. Karkala: Total polling booths - 209, total voters: 1,83,528 (men 87,915, women - 95,612, others 1).

Chikkamagaluru Lok Sabha constituency:

1. Sringeri: total polling booths: 256, total voters 1,65,498 (men 81,605, women - 83,889, others - 4).2. Mudigere: total booths: 2 5 7, total voters 2,19,958 (men - 1,07,971, women - 107,971, others - 23). 4. Tarikere: total polling booths: 228, total voter - 1,83,589 (men - 92, 183,women - 91,406).

Total for the entire Lok Sabha constituency: 1,837 polling booths spread over eight Lok Sabha constituencies. Total male voters, 7,38,503, female voter, 7,74,674, others - 54, total voters: 15,13,231.


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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Thu, May 02 2019

    Pramod is young and a person with great ideas whom we do wish him all the best in the election.

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  • Innocent Udupi, udupi

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    shobha will win this election because of modi wave and not because of her hard work in Udupi and chikmagaluru dist.."WEE NEED MODI"..

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  • vasu, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    I love this discussion .Everyone knows that BJP will win both the seats with a huge margin. Still some people are hoping for a Congress/JDS win. U know that JDS will never win in Udupi and Mithun's past does no good to congress.

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  • Deepak r, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    For sure LS election Mithun Rai and Madwaraj will win with a lot of margin. Both DK and Udupi will be top cities. Both are eligible candidates
    Wish you both good luck and God's choicest blessings. May Lord Krishna and Gokarnatheshwar bless you abundantly. Good luck.

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  • Sonam S Salian, Malpe

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    People of udupi have great respect for Pramod sir and we all know the development done by of the non corrupt Politician.i have equal respect for Modi and Pramod sir. Both are non corrupt and only think of development. Passing wrong comments on both are very shameful.but we are worried about the PM. We really don't want Rahul Gandhi. that's the sole reason people vote for bjp irrespective of the candidate.this is the central election and we want Modi to be our PM

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  • Shammi, Karnataka

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    I am just imagining if two future MP s would be Mithun and Madhwaraj ,Mangaluru and udipi wil be in top 5 of smart cities for sure

    If its Fireman and pistol lady then forget smart city,we will be striving to make mlr and udipi even a normal city.

    My guess is that mithun and Madhwaraj will get highest votes,but there will evm tampering,so I am praying day and night.

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Nothing will happen who ever wins, we will be going outside our district for jobs and keralites and north indians will be working in Gov't undertakings.

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  • Valson Mendonsa, Mangalore/USA

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    To make it win somebody to a right person, you have to VOTE specially all middle class people... not to stay home saying that....not possible to stand on the line for 2 hrs...I have little headache..itz too hot outside... OR who will stand with those people.....etc.....Just bury those thinking for a day.....just think that it is Party Hall... Come out & just vote for your own future..

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  • S. Francis, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    @Vanitha, Udupi
    Your comment : "Why he lost in MLA election"

    He lost because of the ungrateful people of Udupi who didn't even had some courtesy to acknowledge his good work. So ungrateful, specially people from his own community who think Modi does magic and became their God. They don't even think that the same Modi didn't even had courtesy to show his face to the representatives who had gone to submit the appeal for the missing Fishermen. These shameless people, the very next moment, go to his doorstep and plead for help. That time they don't remember their elected MP or MLA. Because they know, he is a good hearted person who is ready to help anyone, whether they have supported him or not. If you people have little bit gratefulness, then vote for Pramod as a genuine candidate. Don't vote in the name of Modi who is not bothered about you people or the useless MP Shobha who even does not have time to visit her constituency, forget the development work.
    Once upon a time I was proud that, my district people are the most educated, clever people. But for the past few years they have become dumb. They don't need development. By chanting Modi Modi, they think their stomach gets filled and they get prospered.
    Wake up Udupikars. We want development.

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  • teresa, mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    All the best............... Jai Pramod!!

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  • Lenson, Udupi/Africa

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Madhwaraj will win by 50,000 votes.

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  • Allwyn Dsouza, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Finally, after 5 years our MP has shown her face in the district.
    Any developments she has brought to this constituency? Probably she forgot what her job description was?
    Pramod has proved himself during his tenure as MLA and minister. I'm sure if he gets elected (Irrespective of which party forms the government at the Center), Udupi-Chickmagalur will witness a sea of developments. There are so many issues that have been neglected for all these years and Pramod has rightly recognised those and also has a vision to resolve them.
    Lets choose the MP for our constituency wisely. The country will prosper based on the national agenda, but the constituency needs a good MP to take it forward. Vote wisely

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  • D’Souza, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    People do some soul searching. Vote for the development, your future your children’s future. Vote for the right person. These politicians will come and go but you have live your life

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  • sunitha, udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Udupi people please don't fool yourself ...
    look at the work done by Pramod Madhwaraj.
    Ask yourself what has shoba done?other than protest?

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  • vanitha, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    How he lost in MLA election

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  • Abdul Aleem Faroqui, UAE

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Hatred towards minority & fake hindutva. BJP and RSS were successful in polarization based on caste. If anyone compares the work done by Pramod and the current MLA it is just Black and white... what has the achievements of current MLA?? He draws a blank.

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  • Jhanavi, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Modi has to win and he will win definately.. But others who ar using modis name and trying to win the elections should be taught a good lesson. Shoba is a waste as well as Nalin .. Whats the use of voting them.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    This is exactly my point of view Jhanvi. We want development not mess and fire in dk

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  • Vineet, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    BJP vs JDS - Good luck!!! Everyone know the result

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    BJP's Pistol Rani will lose for sure. Voters want to give enterprising and efficient Pramod a chance.

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  • cyril mathias, udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    A candidate who has integrity will pass the exam in the election .Shobha is a guest in Udupi,and the voters gave her very nice hospitality in the last hustings. Pramodh is the son of the soil,but uncertain of his political affiliation ( many feel).The competition is between the guest and the local candidate.This time,the son of the soil has an edge(it seems). The local problems of the fishing community and the availability of sand for construction are the main issues.

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    People will not vote for shobha this time, it is a waste voting to her, udupi need more developments, like tourism there is a big scope, she only comes when ever there is a murder in only of her party member

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  • aravind, mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 16 2019


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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    1. ನಾನು ಇಲ್ಲೀದ್ದೀನಿ ಅಪ್ಪಾ 2. ಯಾನ್ ಮೂಲುಲ್ಲೆ ಪೊಪ್ಪ 3. Mein yaha hu pithashree मैं यहॉ हूं पिताश्री . 4. I am here dad. 5. Yaan ivde ippu Abbu. 6. ಹಾಂವ್ ಹಾಂಗಾ ಆಸಾಂ ಬಾಬಾ 7. ಮೀ ಇತೆ ಆಹೆ ಬಾಬಾ

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    In Konkani..🤑
    Nikhil putha...thu kai assa re?

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Yes... 😆😆😆

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    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Madhwaraj is loved by all community people, he is deserve for MP, where as our Mangalore 1Rupee =15Dollar MP he is not suitable for that post. we educated Dakshina Kannada residentslooking for change this time.

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  • D.Shetty, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    its sure shoba is not fit to be contesting but WIN is eminent because of Modiji..many leaders survive because of Modiji ..

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  • Thousif, Manglore,Bolar

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    D Shetty .It is like free win whiteout work . In 5 year modi achievement is 0 but andha bhakt dnt understand

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  • Sangram Sangam, Kundapur

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Dear Tousif,People of Coastal are Very Very very Intelligent ai all aspect
    They know who will be the better for NATION

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  • aravind, mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 16 2019


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  • Ankit, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Irrespective of certain negative points about current MP Shobha, Udupi is witnessing strong Modi wave and Pramod Madhwaraj might find it difficult to sail through.

    Probably it might be a massive win for BJP in Udupi due to Modi and national security perspective factor.

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  • Sms, Kundapura

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    There is no modi wave at all.
    We have to support who is worthy candidate.
    Nalin & shobha disappointed the coastal people.

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  • Sangram Sangam, Kundapur

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Dear Sms,In kundapur, Halady is in Field that means Congress have no Business here..

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  • PRAVEEN, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    we are not ready to accept Immature rahul as a PM candidate

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  • Sms, Kundapura

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Coastal heros pramod & Mithun are the hot favorites this time.

    DisAgree [36] Agree [75] Reply Report Abuse

  • Mahadeva, Malpe

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    I Think as per Survey of local leaders ( both parties) may be Pramod will win,

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  • gm, Mlur

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Namage Pramod beku.

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  • SAMAD, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Now the people of DK and Udupi should decide their own future they want exhausted and zero MP back or there should be change for betterment...think what problems you face daily...DK and Udupi all people should stand up for their rights..who comes in central doesnt matter if it matters is who is with you..Again if you elect this zero MP's these will be gulamas of Gujju's..Karnataka they remember only when there is communalism.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Undivided DK, BJP victory is confirmed . Only topic of discussion is the winning margin . Could be more in one and less in another.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Show us any One Good Job done by Shobha or Nalin ...

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  • rahul kotian, Karkala

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Congress workers prepared for maths exam but science paper appeared.. This will backfire true congress voters.. JDS is poison and congress will get affected because of this

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  • Mithun, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Don’t worry. We are fully prepared for maths or science. We will do it.
    Jds is poison but far better than BJP named virus. It is contagious. 2019 will show the door. We had enough.

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    They both are part of Modi in power today...tomorrow also.What more you want.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    No one is answering my question, few are beating around the bush ...

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  • Sonam S Salian, UDUPI

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    Same applies to Rahul Gandhi

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