Muniyappa hits a ‘six’

Vishwa Kundapura

KOLAR: Although the Congress failed to impress in Karnataka in the Lok Sabha elections, its candidate from Kolar (Reserved) K.H. Muniyappa saved the blushes for the party by winning the seat for the sixth time in a row.

Mr. Muniyappa won the seat by defeating his nearest rival D.S. Veeraiah of Bharatiya Janata Party. Mr. Muniyappa improved his record of winning five times from the constituency.

In 2004 polls, Mr. Muniyappa, who has been representing the constituency since 1991, surpassed his party colleague G.Y. Krishnan’s record of winning the seat four times.

Considered a Congress bastion, Kolar has returned only Congress nominees except 1984 when the Janata Party won the seat.

Mr. Muniyappa won the seat by a margin of 23,006 votes. In 2004 elections, he scraped through by a margin of 11,635 votes.

Janata Dal (Secular) candidate G. Chandranna put up a good show by securing 1,99,896 votes.

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