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Sadananda Gowda romps home

All smiles: President of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party D.V. Sadananda Gowda being greeted by his party workers in Udupi on Saturday.

All smiles: President of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party D.V. Sadananda Gowda being greeted by his party workers in Udupi on Saturday.  

Staff Correspondent

He defeats Jayaprakash Hegde of Congress in Udupi-Chikmagalur

Udupi: President of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party D.V. Sadananda Gowda emerged victorious in the newly formed Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha constituency. He defeated his nearest rival K. Jayaprakash Hegde of the Congress by a margin of 27,018 votes.

Mr. Sadananda Gowda secured 4,01,441 votes, while Mr. Hegde polled 3,74,423 votes. Third Front candidate Radha Sundaresh of the Communist Party of India (CPI) secured 24,991 votes. Steven John Menezes of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) bagged 9,971 votes, while Umesh Kumar of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) secured 3,283 votes.

Independent candidates Srinivas Poojary secured 11,263 votes, Sridhar Udupa 3,470, Vinayak Mallya 3,093 and K. Ganapati Shettigar 2,793 votes. Seven candidates, including Ms. Sundaresh, forfeited their deposits.

Counting of votes took place at the T.A. Pai English Medium High School here. Mr. Sadananda Gowda began with a lead of 89 votes in the first round, which went on increasing every round till it reached 27,018 votes in the 18th and final round of counting.

BJP workers raised slogans praising Mr. Sadananda Gowda though Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code was in force around the counting centre. The police had a tough time in controlling the workers when they tried to enter the premises of the counting centre.

Mr. Sadananda Gowda told presspersons said that he had expected to win by a margin of 50,000 votes. Party leaders and workers worked hard for his victory. The Congress and the Third Front mislead the voters, which led to the reduction in the victory margin. Big coffee planters in the constituency did not work in favour of the BJP, he added.

Replying to a question, Mr. Sadananda Gowda said that the results of the Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha seat indicated the true strength of rebel BJP leader K. Rama Bhat Urimajalu.

President of the Udupi District Congress Committee M.A. Gafoor said that though the results were a disappointment, the Congress improved its position this time compared to the 2008 Assembly elections. While the party fared well in the Kaup Assembly segment, it did not do well in Kundapur, Udupi and Karkala segments of Udupi district.

“We accept the verdict of the people. We will introspect over the results,” he added.

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