KARNATAKA

Dharam Singh trounces Nagamarapalli

VICTORY, FINALLY: The former Chief Minister and Congress candidate from Bidar flashes victory sign to his supporters in Bidar on Saturday.

VICTORY, FINALLY: The former Chief Minister and Congress candidate from Bidar flashes victory sign to his supporters in Bidar on Saturday.  

Staff Correspondent

BIDAR: Congress nominee and former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh won the Bidar Lok Sabha by defeating Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by a margin of 39,619 votes.

Mr. Dharam Singh polled 3,37,957 votes and Mr. Nagamarapalli secured 2,98,338 votes. Subhash Thippanna Nelge of Janata Dal Secular (JD-S) polled 49,303 votes.

The counting of votes was held at B.V. Bhoomraddi College premises in the city and the counting started from 8 a.m.

Right from the start, there was a straight fight between Nr. Dharam Singh and Mr. Nagamarapalli. In the initial rounds, Mr. Dharam Singh was slightly ahead of Mr. Nagamarapalli.

Gradually, Mr. Nagamarapalli reduced the gap. As the counting progressed, it was a see-saw battle between Mr. Dharam Singh and Mr. Nagamarapalli. At some stages, the difference of votes between Mr. Dharam Singh and Mr. Nagamarapalli came down to single and double digits.

The slender difference of votes between the two gave an impression that it would be a photo finish. But Mr. Dharam Singh took a lead of 2,025 votes at the end of counting of votes of 423 polling booths.

From thereon, Mr. Singh maintained a fair distance from Mr. Nagamarapalli till the end of counting of votes.

Returning Officer and Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta announced the results and handed over certificate to Mr. Dharam Singh.

Mr. Singh was accompanied by Bhalki MLA Ishwar Khandre; Humnabad MLA Rajshekar Patil; former Minister and MLC Basavraj Patil Humnabad and others to the counting centre.

Later, they went in a procession from B.V. Bhoomraddi College premises.

According to officials, there were 215 postal ballots, out of which 115 were rejected and 100 were found to be valid. Mr. Singh polled 68 ballot votes; Mr. Nagamarapalli polled 44 ballot votes; Jaganath Jamadar of Bahujan Samaj Party polled two ballot votes and one ballot vote went to Subhash Nelge.

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