New Delhi: Bangalore Central,  Bangalore South, Chikkballapur and Kolar parliamentary constituencies in Karnataka will vote in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019. The counting of votes will be held on May 23.

Key details about Bangalore Central, Bangalore South, Chikkballapur and Kolar Lok Sabha seats. 

Bangalore Central: Bangalore Central parliamentary constituency came into existence in 2008 and since 2009 the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has held the seat. BJP candidate PC Mohan had won the seat twice in 2009 and 2014. He had defeated Congress’ Rizwan Arshad with a margin of 137,500 votes.

For 2019, BJP has yet again fielded PC Mohan to take on Congress’ Rizwan Arshad. BSP candidate MK Pasha is also in fray.

Bangalore South: Constituency number 26, Bangalore South is considered a BJP citadel as the party has never lost an election from the seat since 1991. Late Union minister Ananth Kumar had represented the constituency between 1996 and 2018. Ananth Kumar passed away last year and since then the seat has been lying vacant.

In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the late Union Minster had defeated Congress’ Nandan Nilekani with a margin of 228,575 votes.

For 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)  has nominated Tejaswi Surya and Congress has fielded BK Hariprasad from Bangalore south. A Raju of Bahujan Samaj Party is also in the fray.

Chikkballapur: Chikkaballapur Lok Sabha seat is currently represented by Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Veerappa Moily. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Moily had defeated Bharatiya Janata Party’s BN Bache Gowda, a veteran Vokkaliga leader.

For 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP has fielded BN Bache Gowda and Congress has fielded Moily. BSP has fielded  CS Dwarakanath from the seat.

Notably,  the BJP has never won from this Lok Sabha seat.

Kolar: Kolar Lok Sabha seat is currently held by Former Union minister and Congress veteran KH Muniyappa. He had defeated JD(S) candidate Kolar Kesava in 2014 Lok Sabha elections with a margin of 478,50 votes.

For 2019, Congress has retained Muniyappa to take on BJP’s S Muniswamy and BSP’s Jayaprasad MG.