Karnataka Poll Watch : Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot

Political Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network

Bangalore, Apr 10 :  Karnataka’s 4.6 crore voters will go to the polls in the 5th phase of elections to be held on 17th April 2014.   With 28 Lok Sabha seats up for grabs Karnataka’s electoral result are said to have a crucial impact on the national electoral scenario.   In the 2009 elections the BJP had won 19 seats, Congress 6 and JD (S) 3.     With the BJP receiving a drubbing in the hands of the Congress in the 2013 assembly elections the electoral panorama in the state has changed drastically in the last five years and that is what is going to keep the major players on tenterhook not knowing how the electorate would behave in these elections for the Lok Sabha. 
There are total 434 candidates in the fray in the state including 21 women.  There are also 195 independent candidates in the fray.   Of the 28 seats five seats are for Scheduled Castes and two are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes. The Election Commission has set up 18627 polling stations all over the state.   New voters in the age group of 18 to 29 forms about 25 per cent of the total voters and their preference is going to play a major role in changing the fortunes of many candidates in the fray. 

Starting from today Daijiworld.com will cover all the 28 constituencies of the state to give our readers an overall picture of the electoral trend in the state. The constituencies will be covered from north to south   and every day we plan to cover 3 constituencies. 


Assembly segments – 8
Total number of electorate - as per 2009 Election Commission report are 12, 84, 427. 
Sitting MP - Ramesh Katti  (BJP)

The parliamentary constituency of Chikkodi consists of 8 assembly segments and in 2013 assembly BJP had won five, Congress two and BSR Congress one.  Though there are 12 candidates in the fray including five independents there appears to be a straight fight between Congress candidate Prakash Hukkeri, Sugar Minister in Siddaramaigh’s cabinet and sitting MP Ramesh   Katti of BJP.   Both belong to the dominant Lingayat community and will vie for the 3.82 strong Lingayat votes.  So far Lingayat leaders have not openly expressed their support to either candidate.  In 2009 elections the same candidates from rival parties had faced each other with Ramesh Katti defeating hukkeri by a margin of 55,287 votes.

Ramesh Katti (BJP), Prakash Hukkeri (Cong)

It is said that Hukkeri who represent the Chikkodi-Sadalga seat in the assembly was a reluctant candidate to fight the Lok Sabha constituency because he is more inclined to retain his place in the state cabinet rather than go to Parliament.

There is a strong rumour that Congress legislator from Chikkodi and the present Exercise and district-in-charge minister Satish Jarkiholi wants to strengthen his support base in Chikkodi.  The move to push Hukkeri to fight Loksabha elections is said to be Jarkiholi’s game plan to neutralize Hukkeri from the district political scene.  The constituency has a significant number of Muslim, Maratha and SC votes and their voting preference might decide the winner.   The presence of AAP candidate Ashfaq Ahmed Madaki and JD (S) candidate Srimant Patil will influence the Muslim and Maratha voters respectively.  The number of votes they poll might tilt the balance in favour of either BJP or Congress.  

While there is resentment against sitting BJP MP Ramesh Katti it is widely believed that the Modi wave might give him an edge over his closest rival.


Assembly segments – 8
Total number of electorate is 13,78,238.
Sitting MP Suresh Channabasappa Angadi  of BJP

Once again it is going to be a straight fight between the BJP and the Congress in Belgaum which has 15 candidates in the fray with JD (S) too trying hard to show its strength.  Sitting BJP MP Suresh Angadi  had defeated Amarsinh Vasantarao patil of the Congress in 2009   by a margin of over 12,000 votes.  This year he is facing a tough facing a tough challenge from Congress candidate Smt Lakshmi Hebbalkar.

Suresh Angadi (BJP), Lakshmi Hebbalkar (Cong)

About 4 lakh Marathi voters play a crucial role in deciding the winning candidate.  In the last two Lok Sabha elections Marathis had voted for the BJP   paving the way for its victory.  Though language and border is a major issue  here, all political parties keep tight-lipped despite leaders of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samithi (MES) spewing venom against Karnataka Government.   Though the anti-Karnataka activities of Marathi speaking people is well known all political parties are ignoring it in their desperation to win their votes.  

Belgaum once known as the bastion of Congress is making concerted efforts to regain the constituency after it lost the same to BJP in two consecutive elections in 2004 and 2009.  Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi kicked off his political campaign for these elections from Belgaum which clearly indicates the importance given to this constituency by the party.  The strong presence of MES and Shiva Sena is also the reason for the special attention given to Belgaum by Congress.  It was earlier believed that MES would field its candidate which would have spelt doom for the BJP.  

The constituency has influential JD (S) leaders also who are making all out efforts to woo Marathi voters in the border district and it has fielded Bagwan Nasir Papulsab.   AAP is also making its presence by fielding Muttappa C Angadi.  Though Maratha votes are going to be the deciding factor   the constituency is going to witness a key contest and hopefully with a surprising outcome. 


Assembly segments 8
Total number of electorate 13, 63,359
Sitting MP P C Gaddigoudar of BJP

Bagalkot is another constituency where Lingayat votes are going to play an important role and re-entry of Lingayat strongman B S Yeddyurappa into BJP fold is believed to  tilt the balance in favour of the BJP.   Bagalkot was also a strong Congress bastion until P C Gaddigoundar of BJP wrested the seat from R S Patil of the Congress in 2004 and 2009.  Though now Bagalkot is hyped to be a BJP fortress now, the party received a severe drubbing in 2013 assembly elections where the Congress won 7 out of the eight seats.

Gaddigoudar (BJP), Ajaykumar Sarnaik (Cong)

Bagalkot constituency comprises Mudhol, Terdal, Jamkhandi, Bilgi, Badami, Bagalkot, Hungund and Nargund assembly segments.   BJP managed to win the only seat from Mudhol in 2013.   There are 16 candidates in the fray including JD (S), JD (U) and AAP candidates.  Former tough cop  DG & IGP Shankar Bidari is contesting from here as an independent candidate .

The BJP has once again chosen its sitting MP P C Gaddigoundar was the only strong contender for the party’s ticket who is also kown for his clean image.   For Gaddigoundar it is going to be a hat trick if he manages to win, which may not be difficult considering the palpable Modi wave in the constituency and the untainted image of Gaddigoundar.

Gaddigoundar is facing Congress candidate Ajaykumar Sarnaik  who belongs to the Reddy community, which is  the other  dominant  caste in the region.    Ajaykumar Sarnaik has made a comeback to the Congress from JD (U).   So Bagalkot is touted as a tough toss between Lingayats and Reddys  and therefore it is  going to be a straight fight between the BJP and Congress as the candidates depend  mainly on the ‘caste’ factor to romp home to victory.    There are rumours doing the rounds that even some Congress leaders are clandestinely supporting the BJP candidate due to the caste factor.   These rumours give credence to the fact that when it comes to ‘caste’ nothing else matters.    

Being the ruling party it is believed that Congress has the advantage and the fact that two incumbent ministers Umashree and S R  Patil belong to this district.   The Congress may want to repeat the 2013 success.  Will it succeed? 


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  • Rakesh Dahayat, Lokapur

    Wed, Dec 30 2015

    Happy new year advance

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  • priya, bagalkot

    Fri, Apr 11 2014

    i am very sure mr sarnaik will win from Bagalkot. What do you all say to this. He is know for his good work and it is important to see candidate and vote these days not the party. Individuals make a difference.

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  • Lexy Saldanha, Mangaluru-Sydney/Australia

    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    Current Lok sabha election is not going to be a repeat of 2013 assembly election of Karnataka, there is a strong Modi wave all over India, including Karnataka, Congress led UPA has failed completely, 10yrs of bad governance, neck deep corruption, scams, useless leaders like Mr. Rahul Gandhi can not impress voters. Congress you are finished, wiped off, and you deserve it. If You don't believe it, wait for election results to be announced on 16th May 2014, the results will be replica of BJP drubbing in Karnataka in yr 2013 assembly election. But this time it will be Congress at receiving end.
    You can ask any kid in the corner of Karnataka, he will say Lingayata communist is with Mr. Yedurappa, accept it or leave it, this is the reality of Karnataka politics, BJP is not stupid to get back most corrupt leader like Mr. Yedurappa & Corrupt king Mr. Sriramulu back into their fold, without knowing the reality, Lingayata community don't care whether Mr. Yedurappa is corrupt or facing charges, they still adore him as their leader, and stick by him.
    This is the sad story about our Karnataka politics. The youth have been brain washed by this communal BJP & their leader criminal Mr. Modi.
    God safe our country from these thugs, we beg Indian voters to think twice before they vote, vote for AAP, the most decent, non corrupt party. Hope common sense prevails.
    Jai Hind, Jai Karnataka, Jai AAP.

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  • Acharya, Mangalore,UAE

    Fri, Apr 11 2014

    Only Congress can give Good governane.We have seen what happened when other ruling India.Fact is where congress is away those states are most backward like UP,WB,Odissa,TN even Gujarat has highest debt per person.We can not afford to see if Modi comes to power a sitiuation like Kargil where Pakis dare to enter our teritory,a army alert through out year during Vajpayee rule where our GDP was ever lowest.We can not afford to see another Khandahar where surrendering to terrorist .Nothing will happen if Modi comes.It is Congress Hatrick.Wait till May 16,How a man can rule us who could not save his own kar sevak .?A man does not know some other country behind this and he dint know this is going to happen like in Kargil we are not aware Pakis entered our teritory.Jai Hindh .Only congress has daring to tackle these probelm.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    Congress will win only in 6-7 seats out of 28. When the country have new PM, the state will have new CM.

    CM Siddu wants to retain his chair by winning more seats. Therefore he is campaigning rigorously across the state though he is ADMINISTRATOR of state.

    But party PRESIDENT Parameshwara is very silent. Only when Sonia and Rahul visits the state, he accompanies them for the rally. His motive is understood..!

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  • Vote for NOTA, India

    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    Now that we have seen governments ruled by all the parties, majority public feels that all are same. They only play PoliTricks nothing else. No political party has a right to rule this country.


    As per me NOTA should win the majority of seats in this Loksabha elections. Let there be President rule. We don't need any parties.

    Please vote for NOTA, please

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  • Rafique, Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    As per my opinion Surprise from all predictions, this time real damage for NDA from Karnataka, Kerala and Maharastra.
    The final tally will be NDA 200-220, UPA 140-150, Third Front 120-125 and Others 80-85

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  • lawrence , mangalore/dubai

    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    I too feel its bad time for congress even in mangalore j p is not going to win

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  • ajith shetty, katapady

    Fri, Apr 11 2014

    Lawrence , its not bad time... its good time, JAI BJP

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    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    i am neither supporter of BJP nor congress. Also i dont expect anything good from other parties like JDS/COMMINUSTS/AAP/SDPI/SP/JDU.

    let us vote without any bias of caste / gender / national leader' name but try to find the best option among available.

    i really feel pity for DAIJI COMMENTERS like - nagesh nayak, ismail perinje , shahanawaz kukkikkatte , jossey saldanha , sachchidananda shetty mundkur , some shenoy , rajesh shetty , dinesh poojary , some gonsalvis from bannur puttur,etc. they are always comment with predetermined, fixed idea, either BJP or CONGRESS, but never read the article properly.
    All BJP or Congress can not be good or bad & comments are depending on subjective.

    Let us vote for Congress or BJP , but GOD sake dont support opportunistic small parties & Communists. AAP is real failure.

    thik now & vote OR suffer for next five Years (? do you think third front government will sustain???)

    all the best to every fello indian !!

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  • Neeraj Fernandes, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai: I have read many comments from this person. He is 100% Congressman. He always says Congress has done good work. Incase if it doesn't happened to be good in the state where congress rules then he says the bad things happened because of BJP. He always sees corruption charges of BJP and never sees any corruption from Congress. Infact I guess this person will reply to my comment saying that Congress has not done any corruption and I bet this. If BJP wins more seat then he will say because of money power they won. but if congress wins then he will say because of good work then won. Strange person. Sir I want tell you don't be the follower of any party to such an extent. Support the good work. We have seen very good governance (According to Jossey) from UPA in the last 10 years. Why cant we give power to others this time and see the governance by them. If they wont provide good governance then always you can vote to others after 5 years.

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  • Ajay Lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    Neeraj..agreed that Jossey is congress supporter. But here there are lot of blind BJP supporters as well. Any message for them?

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  • sid, mangalore

    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    Thats the problem with most congi supporters . They will vote for congress no matter how bad congress is . come on guys open your eyes . Nation first religion last

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  • L Dsouza, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 10 2014


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  • Mallikarjuna , Belgaum

    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    Suresh Angadi the sitting BJP MP of Belgaum is the most useless fellow who has done nothing for the constituency. He is not able to spend even 50% of MPLAD fund for any development leave aside other types of developments. He is the most useless MP our Belgaum ever had since independence . Comparatively Lakshmi Hebbalkar of Cong seems to be a good worker. JDS Muslim candidate Nazeer Baagwaan has withdrawn from fray in favour of Cong Candidate. So cong candidate Lakshmi has got a better chance to win as she is a Marathi woman.

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    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    Hopefully there will be no fraud this time.

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  • Bryan, Bahrain

    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    I am predicting that Congress is not going to win, because of corruption. Don't get mad at me Congress supporters.
    Facts are Facts...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    Congress is winning in 22 SEATS...

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  • Vijay, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    Athi aase gathi gedu

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  • JNB, Bejai

    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    History repeats >>>> May 8th result repeats again >>>> give surprise to all,,,gudu-gudu>>>>

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  • vittal Poojary, Muniyal/mangalore

    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    Dear Saldana
    From which survey you believe congress will win 22 seats?
    pl be realistic,All the above 3 BJP candidates will win,you should be very happy if congress can win 7 seats,but any case no use because total winning chance for congress all over India is only 67 seats,not more,pl wait till 16th may14 and enjoy the celebration of Mr.Modi becoming the PM,that is what whole India wants

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  • vishwanath, karkala

    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    i think all over India

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    Thu, Apr 10 2014

    Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai,22 seats for Congress in Karnataka or all over India?????????

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