Raviprasad Kamila and Govind D. Belgaumkar

MANGALORE: The election for the Mangalore Lok Sabha constituency on April 30 happens to be the first one after delimitation. The delimitation has brought the entire Dakshina Kannada, comprising eight Assembly segments of Mangalore, Mangalore City South, Mangalore City North, Bantwal, Moodbidri, Belthangady, Puttur and Sullia into one Lok Sabha constituency.

Before delimitation, the Belthangady Assembly constituency was under Chikmagalur Lok Sabha constituency and the Bantwal and Moodbidri Assembly segments, and the erstwhile Surathkal Assembly segment (now Mangalore City North) were under the Udupi Lok Sabha constituency. In addition, the entire Kodagu district, comprising Madikeri, Virajpet and Somwarpet Assembly segments, was under Mangalore Lok Sabha constituency. Women continue to outnumber men among the voters in this constituency. There are 13,33,176 voters in the constituency, as per the list of February 2. Of them, 6,75,002 are women and 6,58,174 men. Voters in the eight Assembly constituencies are: Mangalore - 1,42,367; Mangalore City South - 1,83,805; Mangalore City North - 1,80,131; Bantwal -1,74,771; Moodbidri - 1,49,984; Belthangady - 1,75,564; Puttur - 1,61,404; and Sullia -1,65,150. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided that Nalin Kumar Kumar Kateel will be its candidate for the Mangalore Lok Sabha seat. “It is a unanimous decision,” said president of the party’s district unit K. Monappa Bhandary. Official announcement remains a formality, according to sources. The Congress appears to be still in the process of chosing its candidate.