BJP retains hold over Dharwad, Haveri

All smiles: BJP candidate Pralhad Joshi during victory celebrations in Dharwad on Saturday.

All smiles: BJP candidate Pralhad Joshi during victory celebrations in Dharwad on Saturday.  

Staff Correspondent

Pralhad Joshi wins by margin of 1,37,663 votes; Shivakumar Udasi by margin of 87,920 votes

DHARWAD: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has retained both the Dharwad and Haveri Lok Sabha seats.

Results of the Lok Sabha elections were announced here on Saturday.

Pralhad Joshi of the BJP won the Dharwad seat for the second time in succession by defeating the Congress candidate and former MP, Manjunath Kunnur, by a margin of 1,37,663 votes.

Shivakumar Udasi, son for Public Works Minister C.M. Udasi, defeated Congress candidate former MLC Salim Ahmed by a margin of 87,920 votes.

Mr. Joshi secured 4,46,786 votes, including 322 votes cast through postal ballots, and Mr. Kunnur secured 3,91,123 votes, including 35 votes cast through postal ballots.

They were followed by Mahesh Gurupadayya Talakalmath of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) who secured 7,176 votes. Barring Mr. Kunnur all the candidates including those of the NCP, Janata Dal (United) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) lost their deposits.

The victory margin of Mr. Joshi is the second highest recorded in the constituency. In 1962, Congress candidate Sarojini Mahishi had won from the constituency (then called Dharwad North) by a record margin of 1,53,550 votes.

In Haveri (earlier known as Dharwad South) constituency, Mr. Shivakumar Udasi secured 4,30,293 votes, including 217 cast through postal ballots, and Mr. Ahmed secured 3,42,373 votes (including 99 postal ballot votes).

Shivakumargouda S. Patil, Janata Dal (Secular) candidate, came third by securing 45,659 votes. However, he lost his deposit. The other nine candidates also lost their deposits.

Mr. Udasi’s winning margin was 87,920 votes. The highest winning margin was recorded in the constituency in 1980 when Congress candidate F.H. Mohsin defeated his nearest rival by a margin of 1,51,033 votes.

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