Bengaluru, May 15: The fate of candidates, who had contested for Karnataka Assembly Elections, will be known today, Tuesday, with the counting of votes underway. The Karnataka state is very important for Congress. The Congress is aiming at retaining the only large state it rules after Punjab, while the BJP is striving to form its government in Karnataka. The voting for Hanur, Kollegal (SC), Chamarajanagar and Gundlupet was held on May 12. (Click here for live updates on Karnataka Elections 2018)
In Hanur, main contenders are the BJP, Congress, and JD(S). On this seat, Congress had won two times. This year also Congress has fielded R. Narendra. While BJP has fielded Dr. Preethan Nagappa at the Hanur seat and Manjunath M R is contesting from JD(S). Kollegal is reserved for SC category candidates. The present MLA is S.Jayanna from Congress. BJP has contested G.N. Nanjunda Swamy and Congress has contested A.R. Krishna Murthy.
Again Chamarajanagar is important for Congress. C Puttarangashetty has won twice from this seat. K R Mallikarjunappa is from BJP side while Congress has fielded C Puttarangashetty against him. In Gundlupet, the two main candidates in Gundlupet assembly constituency are BJP’s C S Niranjan Kumar and Congress’ M C Mohan Kumari Uruf Geetha.
In total, there are more than 2654 candidates, including 219 women, in the fray for 224 seats in Karnataka. As per the data released by Chief Electoral Office in Karnataka, the BJP have contested in all 224 seats, while the Congress has contested 222 seats. The HD Devegowda-led Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) has contested on 201 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by Mayawati, which came into an alliance with the JD(S), has a contested on 20 seats.