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BANGALORE SOUTH -- One of most prestigious constitiencies

Bangalore (South) Lok Sabha constituency has always been considered as one of the most prestigious constituencies not only in the State but in the entire country.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2004 15:37 IST

Bangalore (South) Lok Sabha constituency has always been considered as one of the most prestigious constituencies not only in the State but in the entire country.

The constituency presents a picture of contrasts as it encompasses parts of both old Bangalore and the new. From well planned areas to maddening chaos, from areas dominated by the rich and famous to overcrowded slums, one can find them all here.

Bangalore (South) constituency comprise eight Assembly segments - Basavanagudi, Rajajinagar, Chamarajpet, Binnypet, Malleshwaram, Chickpet, Jayanagar and Gandhinagar.

This constituency has an estimated 14.5 lakh voters. The two dominant communities - the Vokkaligas and the Brahmins, account nearly 40 per cent of the electorate. They have traditionally influenced the poll outcome.

The constituency created a record of sorts by being the only constituency which the Congress lost in the State during 1977 general elections. KS Hegde won the elections on a Bharateeya Lokdal ticket that year and served as Speaker of Lok Sabha. Besides former chief minister the late Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the present State BJP President Ananthkumar, shares the distinction of getting elected three times from this constituency.

In 1999, Ananthkumar was elected from the constituency for the third consecutive time by defeating his nearest rival BK Hariprasad of the Congress by a margin of over 70,000 votes.

Following are the elected representatives from the seven assembly segments of the constituency.

Basavanagudi: KN Subba Reddy (BJP); Rajajinagar: S Suresh Kumar (BJP); Chamarajpet: RV Devaraj (Cong); Binnypet: V Somanna (Ind-now Cong); Malleshwaram: MR Sitaram (Cong); Chickpet: PC Mohan (BJP); Jayanagar: Ramalinga Reddy (Cong) and Gandhinagar: Dinesh Gundu Rao (Cong).

First Published: Mar 26, 2004 15:12 IST