Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Tough fight between BJP, Congress in Karnataka’s Belgaum
The Belgaum parliamentary constituency in Karnataka may see a stiff contest between the Congress and the BJP this year.
The former stronghold of the Congress, Belgaum has seen the Bharatiya Janata Party winning on the seat thrice in a row since 2004. The last Lok Sabha election that the Congress won in the Belgaum seat was in 1999.
Belgaum, which has highest number of candidates 57 contesting this year, has a substantial Marathi population. According to the 2011 census, 60% of the district’s population is Marathi-speaking.
The presence of a large Marathi speaking population has been a cause of friction between Karnataka and Maharashtra and the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti had demanded Belgaum’s merger with Maharashtra.
Voting for the Lok Sabha election in Karnataka will be held in two phases on April 18 and April 23. The results will be declared on May 23.
Here are a few details about the Lok Sabha seat:
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Belgaum
Polling date: April 23
2019 candidates: Angadi Suresh Channabasappa (BJP), Virupakshi Sadhunnavar (Congress)
Sitting MP, party: Angadi Suresh Channabasappa, BJP
Winning margin in 2014: 75,860
Runner up name, party: Laxmi R Hebbalkar, Congress
Number of voters in 2014: 1,078,547
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 68.22%
Number of women voters in 2014: 773,419
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,873