Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Udupi Chikmagalur, Karnataka
Udupi Chikmagalur is one of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka. Udupi Chikmagalur became a Lok Sabha constituency after the delimitation of the parliamentary constituencies in 2008. Udupi Chikmagalur witnessed its first Lok Sabha elections as an independent constituency in 2009 and its first elected member was DV Sadananda Gowda of the BJP.
However, when BS Yeddyurapa resigned as Karnataka chief minister, Gowda was chosen to take on the mantle of the chief minister of the state. When he resigned in 2012 to take over as the state chief minister, the constituency was forced to go into a by-election in 2012. The by-election was won by Congress’s K Jayaprakash Hegde.
The constituency went into Lok Sabha elections in 2014 in which BJP’s Shobha Karandlaje won the election defeating her closest competitor and sitting MP Congress’s K Jayaprakash Hegde by slightly less than 2 lakh votes.
The Congress and JD(S) have tied up in an alliance in the state and as part of the seat sharing deal, the Congress has decided to leave the Tumkur seat for the HD Deve Gowda-led JD(S).
The general elections will be held across India in seven phases beginning April 11 and the counting of votes will take place on May 23.
Here’s all you need to know about the Udupi Chikmagalur Lok Sabha constituency:
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Udupi Chikmagalur
Polling date: April 18
2019 candidates: Shobha Karandlaje (BJP), Pramod Madhwaraj (Congress)
Sitting MP, Party: Shobha Karandlaje
Winning margin in 2014: 181,643
Runner up name, party: K Jayaprakash Hegde, INC
Number of voters in 2014: 1,034,334
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 77
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1751
Number of women voters: 522,638