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Coastal Karnataka: How the verdict came about

Hindustan Times  Bangalore, May 08, 2013
First Published: 14:12 IST(8/5/2013) | Last Updated: 14:14 IST(8/5/2013)

The moral policing and communal polarisation issues went against BJP in the coastal districts South Kanara (Mangalore) and Udupi.

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The Mangalore situation

Congress gained seven seats in Mangalore by retaining its earlier four seats snatching constituencies from BJP in Mangalore city South, Mangalore City North and  Puttur.

Congress’ UT Khader won in Mangalore against Chandrahas Uchil of BJP, Mohiddien Bava won in Mangalore city North against former BJP minister Krishna J Palemar, JR Lobo won in Mangalore city South against BJP leader and deputy speaker of Assembly (four time winner) Yogeesh Bhat, Former Minister Ramanatha Rai won against Rajesh Nayak of BJP, Shankuntala Shetty won in Puttur (home turf of former CM DV Sandananda Gowda) against BJP’s Sangeev Matandur, Senior leader Vasanth Bangera won in Beltahangady against BJP’s Ranjan Gowda and Abhay Chandra Jain won in Moodabidire against BJPs’ Umanath Kotyan.

But BJP’s senior leader and five time winner Angara managed to retain his seat in Sullia against Congress candidate Dr Raghu.

'Moral policing' in Udupi

In Udupi district, people’s mandate was for Congress and it won in three constituencies out of five by winning two seats from BJP. Pramod Madhwaraj, son of former minister Manorama Madhwaraj won in Udupi against BJP’s Sudakar Shetty, senior leader Vinay Kumar Sorake won in Kaup constituency against BJP’s Lalji Mendon and   Gopala Poojary won in Baindur against BJP.

But BJP's Sunil Kumar won in Karkala constituency and Independent candidate Haladi Shreenivas Shetty won in Kundapur constituency.
 
Political analyst of Mangalore Ramesh Perla said that BJP lost its base in coastal districts due to moral policing and communal issues. People exhibited their mandate against such issues by declaring people of costal Karnataka are peace loving.

The episode involving Krishna J Palemar, the former Minister accused of watching a blue film in the Assembly, among other issues made women and youth go against BJP, he said.

Congress senior leader Motamma said that coastal Karnataka showed that it was supportive of Congress and was against BJP’s attitude and bad governance in the state.


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