Lotus in 11 seats amid sea of hands

Lotus in 11 seats amid sea of hands

Padmanabhanagar BJP candidate R Ashoka, Basavanagudi BJP candidate Ravi Subramanya and Bommanahalli BJP candidate Satish Reddy celebrating their victory with his supporters infront of the SSMRV counting center in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Photo Srikanta Sharm

The BJP firmed up its urban pockets, by winning 11 of the 26 Bengaluru constituencies, with most of its candidates scoring a hat-trick of victories.

Among the MLAs registering triple victories are R Ashok, who in fact scored a double hat-trick by winning the Padmanabhanagar constituency for the sixth time, defeating V K Gopal of the JD(S) by 32,166 votes.

S Suresh Kumar retained the Rajaninagar seat, getting better of former Congress mayor G Padmavathi by 9,453 votes. This is Kumar’s third win in a row and fifth overall.

Dr C N Ashwathnarayan, who carried the Malleswaram constituency defeating Congress’  Kengal Shreepadharenu, was another third-termer, while Ravi Subramanya thwarted the challenge of JD(S)’ K Bagegowda to emerge a third-time winner in Basavanagudi. Subramanya virtually doubled his votes in the May 12 elections.

Bommanahalli returned BJP candidate M Satish Reddy to the Assembly, giving him a huge margin of 47,162 votes against Sushma Rajagopala Reddy of the Congress. Aravinda Limbavali similarly carried the Mahadevapura constituency, defeating A C Srinivasa of the Congress. S Raghu was another BJP victor in C V Raman Nagar, who fended off the challenge of sitting Mayor R Sampath Raj of the Congress.

S R Vishwanath won the Yelahanka constituency, edging out A M Hanumanthe Gowda of the JD(S), while M Krishnappa spirited to a spectacular win over R K Ramesh of the Congress in the Bengaluru South constituency.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was the victory of V Somanna, who trounced sitting Congress MLA Priyakrishna in Govindrajnagar by 11,375 votes. Priyakrishna is the son of Somanna’s rival and housing minister M Krishnappa, who represents the neighbouring Vijayanagar constituency.

The Chickpet constituency threw up another surprise as sitting Congress MLA R V Devraj lost to BJP’s Uday B Garudachar by 7,934 votes.

Among the losers are sitting BJP MLA of the Dasarahalli constituency S Muniraju, who went down to JD(S)’ R Manjunatha by 10,675 votes. Y A Narayanaswamy, Hebbal BJP MLA, lost to Suresh B S of the Congress by 21,140 votes.

BJP heavyweight Katta Subramanya Naidu was unable to dislodge Roshan Baig of the Congress in Shivajinagar, as he went down by 15,040 votes, while in Anekal constituency, saffron candidate A Narayanaswamy lost to Congress’ B Shivanna.