Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Uttara Kannada, Karnataka
Uttara Kannada is one of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies of Karnataka. Till 2008, it was known as the Kanara Lok Sabha constituency. After the delimitation exercise of 2008, in which the Ankola legislative assembly segment was abolished and a new legislative assembly segment - Yellapur - was formed, the Lok Sabha seat came to be known as the Uttara Kannada Lok Sabha constituency.
Mostly a BJP bastion since 1996, the constituency has always sent Ananthkumar Hegde to the Lok Sabha except in 1999, when it elected Congress’s Margaret Alva.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the Uttara Kannada constituency elected BJP’s Ananthkumar Hegde over Congress’s Prashant R Deshpande by a margin of nearly 1,50,000 votes.
The Congress and JD(S) have tied up in an alliance in the state and as part of the seat sharing, 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 Uttara Kannada Lok Sabha constituency:
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Uttara Kannada
Date of voting: April 23
2019 candidates: Anand Asnotikar (JD-S), Ananth Kumar Hegde (BJP)
Sitting MP, Party: Ananthkumar Hegde, BJP
Winning margin in 2014: 140,700
Runner up name, party: Prashant R Deshpande, INC
Number of voters in 2014: 1,001,470
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 76
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,863
Number of women voters: 479,497