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Thumbs down for Congress in Tumkur

By Our Staff Correspondent

TUMKUR, MAY 14. G. Parameshwar virtually prevented the Congress from being totally put to rout in Tumkur district. Dr. Parameshwar, who was the Minister for Higher Education, was the only Congress candidate to win from the district.

The Congress, which won the Tumkur Lok Sabha seat and nine of the 13 Assembly seats in the district in the 1999 elections, lost the Lok Sabha seat this time to S. Mallikarjunaiah of the BJP.

Dr. Parameshwar retained the Madhugiri Assembly seat. The Janata Dal (S) won eight Assembly seats in the district, the BJP two and the Janata Dal (U) one.

The Janata Dal (S) rebel, S.R. Srinivas, won the Gubbi Assembly seat by defeating the party's official candidate, G.S. Shivananjappa, by a margin of 12,500 votes.

The Janata Dal (S) lost the C.N. Halli Assembly seat where its candidate, C.B. Suresh Babu, was trounced by the Janata Dal (U) candidate, J.C. Madhuswamy. The latter won the seat by a narrow margin of 1,628 votes.

The BJP, which won two seats in 1999, retained only one seat. S. Shivanna Sogadu retained the seat for the third time by securing 59,977 votes. His nearest rival, the Congress candidate, S. Shafi Ahmed, polled 51,332 votes.

But, the BJP lost the Turuvekere seat. The Janata Dal (S) candidate, M.T. Krishnappa defeated the BJP's M.D. Lakshminarayana by a margin of 8,692 votes.

However, the BJP won the Kallambella seat, where its candidate, K.S. Kiran Kumar, prevented T.B. Jayachandra, who was the Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, from winning the seat for the fourth time.

K.N. Rajanna and D. Nagarajaiah of the Janata Dal (S) won the Bellavi and Huliyurdurga Assembly seats, respectively. H. Ningappa of the Janata Dal (S) won the Kunigal Assembly seat in his fifth attempt.

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