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UP’s Sahibabad sees highest victory margin, Manipur’s Sagolband lowest




New Delhi, March 11 

Uttar Pradesh’s Sahibabad assembly seat saw the winner with highest victory margin of 1,50,685 votes, while the winning candidate at Manipur’s Sagolband seat scraped through with a small margin of 19 votes — lowest in all 689 seats in five states that went to polls.

Five seats in Uttar Pradesh — Kunda, Mathura, Noida, Rath and Sahibabad — witnessed victory with a margin of over one lakh votes.

Sahibabad topped the list in terms of victory margins, where BJP’s Sunil Kumar Sharma with 2,62,741 defeated Congress’s Amarpal, who polled 1,12,056 votes.

In Rath, BJP’s Manisha Anuragi defeated Congress’ Gayadeen Anuragi by a margin of 1,04,643 votes, while Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh contesting from Noida on the BJP ticket defeated Samajwadi Party (SP)’s Sunil Choudhary by 1,04,643 votes.

BJP’s Shrikant Sharma also won with a huge margin of 1,01,161 votes from Mathura.

Among the lowest-margin wins, three seats witnessed victory with winner-loser differences remaining in double digits.

Of the three, Sagolband saw the closest fight as Indian National Congress’s candidate Rajkumar Imo Singh, who polled 9,211 votes, defeated BJP’s Khwairakpam Loken Singh, who bagged 9,192 votes.

Goa’s Cuncolim and Manipur’s Wangoi were the other two seats with two-digit victory margins.

Here, Congress candidate Clafasio Dias beat Joaquim Alemao, an Independent candidate, by a margin of 33 votes in Cuncolim, while in Wangoi, Congress’ Oinam Lukhoi Singh defeated National People’s Party’s candidate Khuraijam Loken Singh by 36 votes.

In Uttar Pradesh’s Dumariyaganj, BJP’s Raghvendra Pratap Singh defeated Saiyada Khatoon of Bahujan Samaj Party by a small margin of 171 votes.

Uttarakhand’s Jageshwar saw a close fight between Congress’ Govind Singh Kunjwal and BJP’s Subhash Pandey. Kunjwal defeated the nearest rival by 399 votes.

A close contest is going in Lohaghat between BJP’s Puran Singh Fartyal and Khushal Singh of the Congress when the last updates came in. Fartyal was leading with 148 votes.

The highest margin of victory in Uttarakhand was recorded in Raipur constituency . BJP’s candidate Umesh Sharma Kau defeated Congress nominee Prabhu Lal Bahuguna by 36,771 votes here.

Punjab Congress’ chief ministerial candidate Amarinder Singh’s winning margin was the highest in all the 117 seats in the state. He won Patiala seat by a margin of 52,407 votes by defeating Aam Aadmi Party candidate Balbir Singh.

After Amarinder Singh, Congress candidate and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu won the polls with the second-highest margin of 42,809 votes in the state.

Congress candidate from Fazilka Davinder Singh Ghubaya won with lowest margin of 265 votes — lowest winning margin in the state — defeated the nearest rival BJP’s Surjit Jayani.

In Manipur, Mao witnessed the highest victory margin. Naga Peoples Front’s Losii Dikho defeated BJP’s Woba Joram with 15,414 votes.

In Goa, Marcaim was the seat with highest-margin victory, where Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party’s Ramkrishna alias Sudin Dhavalikar defeated his nearest rival from BJP Pradeep Pundalik Shet with a margin of 13,680 votes. Dhavalikar polled 17,093 votes while Pundalik managed to get only 3,413 votes.

The results of assembly elections in five states — Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa — were announced on Saturday.



BJP’s CM face Yeddyurappa files nomination for Karnataka polls



Bengaluru: BS Yeddyurappa meets Dalit family, File Photo: IANS

Bengaluru, April 19 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Chief Ministerial candidate for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly polls, B.S. Yeddyurappa, on Thursday filed his nomination papers from Shikaripura Assembly segment, a party official said.

“Yeddyurappa has filed his nomination from Shikaripura constituency,” the party’s state spokesman S. Shantharam told IANS here.

He will be contesting from his hometown Shikaripura in Shivamogga district, about 300 km northwest of Bengaluru, for the eighth time since 1983.

Yeddyurappa, 75, a Lok Sabha member from Shivamogga in the state’s Malnad region, was the BJP’s first Chief Minister in Karnataka from 2008 to 2011 when he resigned following an indictment by the state ombudsman (Lokayukta) in a multi-crore mining scam.

In a related development, another BJP leader K.S. Eshwarappa, the party’s leader in the state Legislative Council, also filed his nomination from Shivamogga Assembly segment.

Eshwarappa, who was the Deputy Chief Minister in the BJP’s first government in the state from 2008 to 2013, will be contesting from the seat for the sixth time. He lost the seat in the 2013 Assembly elections to the Congress.

Also, the ruling Congress’ Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar filed his nomination from Kanakapura in Ramanagara district, about 55 km from Bengaluru.

Polling across the state’s 224 Assembly segments will take place in a single phase on May 12 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Votes are to be counted on May 15, as per the notification issued by Governor Vajubhai R. Vala on Tuesday.

According to it, April 24 is the last date for filing nominations. Scrutiny of nominations will be on April 25 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 27.


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BJP MLC Somanna Bevinmarad resigns after denial of ticket



Somanna Bevinamarad

Bengaluru, April 18: BJP MLC Somanna Bevinmarad on Wednesday resigned from the party after denial of a ticket for the upcoming Karnataka Elections.



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Congress names 218 candidates for Karnataka assembly poll

The opposition BJP released its first list of 72 candidates on April 8, while Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) named 126 nominees on March 27.



CM Siddaramaiah, File Photo

New Delhi/Bengaluru, April 16 : Karnataka’s ruling Congress on Sunday declared 218 candidates for the May 12 assembly elections, withholding names for remaining six seats of the 224-member house.

According to Congress General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, who released the list in the national capital, the candidates were selected by the party’s Central Election Committee from the names its screening committee recommended after a two-day meeting in New Delhi on April 9-10.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, 69, will contest from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru, where he had contested seven times since 1983 and won five times.

Though he was re-elected from the adjacent Varuna seat in Mysuru district in the May 2013 assembly polls, the party high command has agreed to field his son Yatindra from his home constituency this time.

Contrary to media reports, Siddaramaiah will not contest from any other constituency, especially Badami in Bagalkot district as speculated, with the party fielding Devraj Patil from it.

Party’s state unit President G. Parameshwara will contest from Korategere in Tumakuru district from where he lost in the last assembly poll. State Working President Dinesh Gundu Rao will fight from Gandhinagar in Bengaluru.

Among the other prominent candidates are Ministers K.J. George, Roshan Baig, Ramalinga Reddy and Krishna Byre Gowda from the seats they represent in the 14th outgoing legislative assembly from Bengaluru.

Bengaluru Mayor G. Sampathraj will contest from C.V Raman Nagar in the city and former Mayor G. Padmavathi from Rajajinagar suburb.

The party has given tickets to 15 women candidates, including Women and Child Welfare Minster Umashree from Tardal, Lakshmi Ravindra Hebbalkar from Belgaum Rural, Anjali Nimbalkar from Khanapur, Soumya R. from Jayanagar and Sushma Rajgopal Reddy from Bommanahalli.

Other women nominees are Kirtana Rudra Gowda from Belur, Shakunthala T. Shetty from Puttur, M.C. Mohan Kumari from Gundlupet,, K. Fatima from Gulbarga North, Motamma from Mudigere, Vani Krishnareddy from Chintamani, Roopa Sasidhar from Kolar Gold Field, Sharada Mohan Shetty from Kumta and A.L. Pushpa from Jagalur.

The party is yet to name candidates for Shantinagar segment in Bengaluru Central, Kittar, Nagthan, Sindgi, Raichur and Melukote.

The Congress returned to power after a decade in 2013, winning 122 seats and Siddaramaiah breaking a 40-year-old record to complete the five-year term as Chief Minister.

The opposition BJP released its first list of 72 candidates on April 8, while Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) named 126 nominees on March 27.

Vote count is on May 15.

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