Karnataka bypolls: Congress wins Maski, BJP claims Belagavi in nail-biting finish

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, May 2: In the midst of the coronavirus second wave, bypolls were held for three constituencies in Karnataka. They were Belagavi Lok Sabha constituecy, Maski assembly constituency in Raichur, and Basavakalyan in Bidar district. Political future of 30 candidates will be decided at the end of the exercise of counting of votes which was taken up today morning. The counting of votes began at 8 am. The results are likely to come out by afternoon.

After 88 rounds of counting in Belagavi during which fortunes continued to fluctuate, BJP candidate Mangala Angadi secured a lead with 4,35,202 votes and won the election, while Congress candidate Satish Jarkiholi, who was leading for a few rounds, trailed behind with 4,32,299 votes. The margin rose to about 2,903 in favour of BJP.

In Maski assembly constituency, Congress candidate Basanagouda Patil is leading with 35,901 votes while BJP candidate Pratapgouda Patil has secured 22,914 votes after 11 rounds of counting. As per sources, the BJP candidate walked out of the counting centre after accepting defeat.

In Basavakalyan constituency, BJP candidate Sharanu Salagar won by a margin of 20,904 votes. He garnered 70,556 votes as against Congress candidate Mala Narayana Rao who has secured 50,108 votes after 18 rounds of counting. JD(S) candidate Syed Ali has secured 11,390 votes. 

Basanagouda Patil Turvihal, Mangala Angadi, Sharanu Salagar

Speaking to reporters after he came to know of the result, the BJP candidate said he had assumed that he would win. "I have been betrayed. The people have proved that development and being good are not important for them," he stated.

Patil also said that the people have acted for a change and chosen Basavanagouda Turvihal. He wished all the best for the people of the constituency. He also said that when the people had decided in advance to defeat him, no one and any amount of campaigning will not have any effect. He however said he will continue to work for the people of the constituency as a party activist.

Belagavi Lok Sabha seat fell vacant after Belagavi MP and union minister, Suresh Angadi, passed away due to COVID 1. Congress MLA from Basavakalyan, B Narayana Rao, also had succumbed to coronavirus infection. Pratapagouda Patil , MLA of Maski, had crossed to the BJP from the Congress and therefore became disqualified. The bypolls were held on march 17.

In Belagavi, the BJP has fielded Mangala Angadi, widow of the late Suresh Angadi. Congress has fielded Satish Jarkiholi. The major fight is between these two candidates.

In Maski, Pratapagouda Patil from the BJP and Basanagouda Patil Turvihal of Congress are fighting it out. These two had fought from different parties the last time they faced each other. A keen tussle is expected here.

Basavakalyan bypoll result has become unpredictable as Sharanu Salagar from the BJP is facing opposition from within from people who say he is an outsider. Mala B from the Congress may lose the suipport of traditional Congress Muslim votebank because of the presence of a Muslim candidate of the JD(S). At the same time, Mallikarjun Khooba, former BJP MLA, has entered the fray to challenge the BJP candidate. Therefore this constituency has opened up lot of possibilities.

Of 6,435 postal ballots issued for absentee voters in Belagavi, 5,831 were received, while 1,176 were issued in Basavakalyan, 983 were received and 273 were issued in Maski and 246 were received.

Of 18,13,567 electorate in Belagavi, 10,16,025 voted, resulting in 56.02 per cent polling.

Of 2,39,782 electorate in Basavakalyan, 1,47,647 voted, resulting in 61.58 per cent polling.

Of 2,06,429 electorate in Maski, 1,45,458 voted, resulting in 70.40 per cent polling.

In all, 30 candidates, including 10 in Belagavi, 12 in Basavakalyan and 8 in Maski contested. Of them, 26 are men and 4 women.

There are also 5 Independents each in Belagavi and Maski and 4 in Basavakalyan.

The by-elections were held to fill vacancies caused by the death of Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi and BJP member in Belagavi and death of Congress legislator B. Narayan Rao in Basavakalyan and due to the disqualification of Pratapgouda Patil in Maski.

Angadi, a four-time Lok Sabha member from the region, died due to Covid on September 23, 2020 in New Delhi, while Rao also died due to the infection on September 24, 2020 in Bengaluru.

In Belagavi, BJP fielded Mangala, widow of Angadi to retain the seat while Congress fielded Mallamma, widow of Rao to retain Basavakalyan.

Congress fielded its state unit working president and sugar baron Satish Jarkiholi against Mangala.

Satish, 58, is a legislator from the Yemakanmardi assembly seat in the border district of the state.

Satish is also the younger brother of BJP's tainted former state minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, who is embroiled in the sleaze CD that has rocked the state recently.

Patil, who defected to BJP from Congress in November 2019, has re-contested to retain Maski on the lotus symbol.

Though the opposition Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) did not contest in Belagavi and Maski, it fielded Syed Yasrab Ali Quadri in Basavakalyan, while BJP fielded Sharanu Salagar to wrest the seat from Congress.




Top Stories

Comment on this article

  • Sumith, Mangalore

    Mon, May 03 2021

    If dictatorship of Gandhi family end, definitely people will support congress. We need some good prime minister and party president. There are so many good leaders in congress, we need them to lead the party.

    DisAgree [3] Agree [12] Reply Report Abuse

  • peacelover, india

    Mon, May 03 2021

    Modi hai to mumkin hai!!! Kaafi nahi hai kya??

    DisAgree [1] Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Gurka, mangaluru

    Mon, May 03 2021

    And these who elected only reap the benefits of govt and forget the people who voted them !! Their SECRETARY will answer you if he has got time otherwise you keep your mouth shut

    DisAgree [2] Agree [4] Reply Report Abuse

  • Alwyn Dsouza, Canada

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Soon Congress will be back to power. Ignorance, power hungry, ego, division, bias to it's own citizens will never make a leader or leaders f or any nation. If such leaders won accidentally with luck it is time to go. Time will show them a way when people suffer and line up for save life for basic neccessary things including hospitals or save last breath to a dear one. When hunger haunts you down, breath takes away dear one of family members it wont matter how strong the leaders are but if they dont care about people makes people to remember them forever. People are see the story of India and makes everyone to cry when people die. Sorry I am very saddened . In this forum some are still has not learned a lesson. Religion is not saved the lives. So humanity comes first you people

    DisAgree [25] Agree [26] Reply Report Abuse

  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Message from Ashutosh -Lutyens Gang "The BJP has undoubtedly come a long way in Bengal: from being a party of no relevance to gaining more than 80 seats in the Bengal assembly is an accomplishment. In 2016, BJP had only three assembly seats and only 10% votes. It had a spectacular showing in the 2019 parliamentary elections and won 18 seats with 40% vote share. Then, the assembly configuration had seemed more encouraging. The BJP had leads in 121 seats. It was for this reason that the BJP was very upbeat about Bengal, and why it put in all resources and effort in the state, hoping to cause a major upset in Indian politics. "

    DisAgree [12] Agree [30] Reply Report Abuse

  • Joel, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Satish Jarkiholi needs to try harder

    DisAgree [4] Agree [20] Reply Report Abuse

  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Congress won because they didn't allow BJP to change EVM's ...

    DisAgree [44] Agree [52] Reply Report Abuse

  • Ganesh, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    I like your never say die spirit. Prepare some new alibis, it may come handy for self satisfaction. People are sometimes known to bang their heads on wall. At least alibis can stop them from doing that.

    DisAgree [23] Agree [22] Reply Report Abuse

  • Vipin, Hejamadi/ Mumbai

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Thank God TMC won in WB & Communist in Kerala & UPA in TN, otherwise this old man would have conducted enquiry & blamed Central armed forces & EVM. Sir please grow up.

    DisAgree [16] Agree [34] Reply Report Abuse

  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    I n a West Bengal election rally a super Covid spreader and people were dying in thousands Modi was making fun of Didi and look at him now, he has become laughing stock and Didi has the last laugh.

    DisAgree [24] Agree [49] Reply Report Abuse

  • Ganesh, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Mr Modi is PM of India. Bengal is one state of India. In the parliamentary elections Bengalis are bound to vote Mr Modi. Bengal was not BJPs bastion. Now that they have become principal opposition in Bengal, it is matter of time before they dethrone mamatha. Despite the effect of increase in price of diesel,petrol and gas BJP has done really well. So the fundamentals of BJPs prospects are strong.

    DisAgree [44] Agree [33] Reply Report Abuse

  • Social worker, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    BJP don’t even deserve single seat I don’t know for what joy they elect bjp 😂 or maybe I should stick into my slogan “kelage biddaru meese mann aagabaradu “ 😂😂😂😂 soon we gonna see bjp muktha Bharath 💪🏻

    DisAgree [35] Agree [43] Reply Report Abuse

  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Yeddy, Writing in the wall for you .....retire respectfully...before people give humiliating defeat.....AGAIN.... Even better if you dissolve assembly and go for new mandate while retiring.... My CONgress friends are drooling ....that they will get power back and continue what they were doing while in power.... ....Tak...Takk...

    DisAgree [23] Agree [31] Reply Report Abuse

  • JK, Udupi/Dubai

    Sun, May 02 2021

    When Non BJP parties winning, no body is talking about EVM!!!! why it is like that?

    DisAgree [57] Agree [42] Reply Report Abuse

  • suhail, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Thats becoz ... in this worst situation , if BJP wins ... definitely the public will drag them to road and teach them.. so better be safe and play safe.. so NO EVM sandal

    DisAgree [21] Agree [40] Reply Report Abuse

  • Peter, Belman

    Sun, May 02 2021

    EVM is working now for Congress and TMC?

    DisAgree [72] Agree [39] Reply Report Abuse

  • Prashanth, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Now there is no problem in EVM. Superb performance of EVM!!!!!

    DisAgree [38] Agree [31] Reply Report Abuse

  • RonRon, Udupi

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Without EVM help, BJP would have scored white wash :)

    DisAgree [20] Agree [40] Reply Report Abuse

  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Next general election and BJP ? God alone knows how many will survive. All depends on actual figures and not like EVM counting the votes.

    DisAgree [16] Agree [46] Reply Report Abuse

  • Andrea, Mumbai

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Its all about r dynamic rahul ji,congress won n karnataka, congress in tamil nadu, n the year 2024 wait n watch rahul wud b r pm

    DisAgree [35] Agree [64] Reply Report Abuse

  • Umesh Rai, Puttur

    Sun, May 02 2021

    And what about in KERALA.. by the way TN it is DMK not Kangress

    DisAgree [9] Agree [17] Reply Report Abuse

  • Prabhu, Karkala

    Sun, May 02 2021

    BJP will win all three seats easily.

    DisAgree [143] Agree [29] Reply Report Abuse

  • SachiN, ManglorE

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Ayyo Prabuve..

    DisAgree [14] Agree [69] Reply Report Abuse


    Sun, May 02 2021

    Through 🐎 trading!

    DisAgree [14] Agree [72] Reply Report Abuse

  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Prabhu, Karkala you are Prabhu only in your house, not for everyone. Do not be over confident.

    DisAgree [18] Agree [84] Reply Report Abuse

  • JNB, Bejai

    Sun, May 02 2021

    gone those days blindly voting to anyone , now slowly people learning what is important in life.

    DisAgree [9] Agree [70] Reply Report Abuse

  • Hanif, Shirva/Sharjah

    Sun, May 02 2021

    What Happenned Now ? Heart Attack?

    DisAgree [12] Agree [40] Reply Report Abuse

  • Shenoy, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Didiiii ohhhh didiiiii

    DisAgree [7] Agree [51] Reply Report Abuse

  • SachiN, ManglorE

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Prabugale yelliddri matanadi, janagalu kiwi yalli huu idlilla.

    DisAgree [6] Agree [16] Reply Report Abuse

  • CA Abdulla, Mangalore/Calufornia

    Sun, May 02 2021

    There is a typo in your statement. It should be “BJP will loose all 3 seats easily”. :-)

    DisAgree [3] Agree [2] Reply Report Abuse

Leave a Comment

Title: Karnataka bypolls: Congress wins Maski, BJP claims Belagavi in nail-biting finish

You have 2000 characters left.


Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. Daijiworld.com will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that sending false messages to insult, defame, intimidate, mislead or deceive people or to intentionally cause public disorder is punishable under law. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will Daijiworld.com be held responsible.