BJP, JD(S), Congress have won two seats each

R.V. Deshpande’s defeat in Haliyal has come as

a big setback for Congress

Sirsi and Siddapur are strongholds of the BJP

SIRSI: Results of the Assembly elections have come as a surprise for leaders of the three major parties — the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (Secular) — in Uttara Kannada district.

The three parties have won two seats each in the district. The Janata Dal (S) opened its account in the district this time though its popularity has declined elsewhere in the State. The BJP which had won four seats in the 2004 elections had to be satisfied with only two seats this time. The Congress had won two seats in the previous elections also.

The Janata Dal (S) candidates Sunil Hegde has won from Haliyal constituency and Dinakar Shetty has won from Kumta constituency. It is being said that the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s village stay at Tannirkuli in Kumta taluk and Garudalli in Haliyal taluk had helped the party to win the seats.

The defeat of the former Minister R.V. Deshpande in Haliyal has come as a big setback for the Congress. Mr. Deshpande was an unbeaten hero since 1983. Delimitation of Haliyal constituency is being cited as the reason for Mr. Deshpande’s defeat. Mundgod, where the Congress had a strong vote base, was separated from Haliyal in the delimitation process.

In Kumta, the Congress candidate Mohan Shetty was defeated by a margin of 20 votes by Mr. Dinakar Shetty. Mr. Mohan Shetty has attributed his defeat to Kumta Assistant Commissioner who was also the election officer. Mr. Mohan Shetty has said that his defeat was only technical because of an “error” in counting the votes and postal ballots.

In Karwar, it is being observed that sincere work of the Congress workers and followers of the former MLA the late Vasant Asnotikar brought a large number of votes to his son Anand Asnotikar. A large number of voters belonging to the backward Halakki community are said to have favoured Mr. Asnotikar.

Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri of the BJP, who has won the Sirsi seat, attributed his victory to women voters. Sirsi and Siddapur are strongholds of the BJP. The former MLA Vivekanand Vaidya had been elected twice from the constituency.

Lingayat community voters are said to have favoured V.S. Patil of the BJP in Yellapur constituency. Mr. Patil has also benefited from the dissidence in the Congress and division in the votes of Hayvaka community members.

Muslim voters

In Bhatkal constituency, J.D. Naik of the Congress won as Muslim voters, who are in majority, favoured him. The former Minister Shivanand Naik of the BJP is said to have lost his popularity in the constituency as he was allegedly favouring people of his caste.

Despite a large presence of Namadhari community voters in the district, who are said to be followers of the former Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party leader S. Bangarappa, his party did not open its account here.