Mangaluru: Capt Ganesh Karnik loses MLC election to Boje Gowda of JD(S)

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Jun 12: In a blow for the BJP, the party's MLC candidate Capt Ganesh Karnik lost the election to JD(S) candidate S L Boje Gowda in the teachers' constituency.

Towards the final round of counting, Ganesh Karnik polled 5,812 votes while Boje Gowda garnered 7,310 votes. There were 16 NOTA and 733 rejected votes.

Y A Narayanswamy of BJP won the Karnataka southeast teachers' constituency by about 2,000 votes. JD(S) candidate Marthibbegowda won from the Karnataka south teachers' constituency by 360 votes against Congress candidate M Laxman.

The polling for six legislative council seats - three each of teachers and graduates, was held on June 8. Eight candidates - Arun Kumar of JD(S), Ayanur Manjunath of BJP, S P Dinesh of Congress, G C Patel of Sarva Janata Party, and independents Zafarulla Sattar Khan, G M Jayakumar, B R Prabhulinga and B K Manjunath were in the fray in the graduates' constituency. Twelve candidates - Ganesh Karnik of BJP, S L Boje Gowda of JD(S), K K Manjunath Kumar of Congress, and independents Arun Hosakoppa, Aloysius D’Souza, K B Chandroji Rao, D K Tulasappa, Ampar Nityanand Shetty, B R Prabhulinga, K C Basavarajappa, M Ramesh and K P Rajendra Kumar contested in the teachers’ constituency.

The six legislative council seats are Karnataka southeast teachers’ constituency, Karnataka south teachers’ constituency, Karnataka southwest teachers’ constituency, Karnataka southwest graduates’ constituency, Bengaluru graduates’ constituency and Karnataka northeast graduates' constituency.

Voting was preferential where the voter mentioned preference of candidates. There were 7,140 voters in the teachers’ constituencies and 15,494 voters in the graduates’ constituencies from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga and Davangere districts.