Karnataka polls: People turned down chance to win Skoda

Bangalore, May 9: The Congress swept the Karnataka assembly polls held on May 5 and returned to power in the state after a long period. The BJP, which formed its first government in the state and also in south India in 2008, was completely decimated. B S Yeddyurappa, the former chief minister of the state who formed his own party KJP after quitting from the BJP with a heavy heart, succeeded to see the latter's downfall although his own party could not achieve much of its own. The JDS, another big force in the state, performed decently.

Here is a look at some facts of the just-concluded Karnataka assembly elections:

1. SP opens account in Karnataka: The Samajwadi Party, a party popular in the Hindi heartland, won its first seat in Karnataka after C P Yogeswara defeated Anitha Kumaraswamy, wife of JDS leader and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, at Channapatna. About 60 kilometres from Bangalore.

2. Biggest nargin of victory: Prakash Hukkeri of the Congress beat Basavanni Sangappagol of the BJP at Chikkodi Sadalga by 76,588 votes. This is the biggest victory margin in this poll.

3. Narrowest margin: Bheema Naik of the JDS beat K Nemiraj Naik of the BJP by 125 votes at Hagaribommanahalli.

4. Youngest and oldest candidates: Priya Krishna, 29, was the youngest candidate while Kagodu Thimmappa, 83, was the oldest candidate. Both belong to the Congress.

5. First-time voters: The May 5 election in Karnataka saw 35,58,862 first-time voters ( in the 18-22 age category), out of whom 5,34,548 were in Bangalore only.

6. Cong and BJP's vote shares: Although the Congress won 41 seats more than its 2008 tally, its vote share increased a mere 1.88 per cent (from 34.76% to 36.64%). The party got 1.13 out of 3.10 crore votes. The BJP got below 1 per cent less share of votes compared to the Congress in 2008, but it had won 30 seats more than the rival party.

7. Prefect poll prediction by CSDS: The pre-poll survey conducted by Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) for CNN-IBN and The Week in 294 locations of 75 constituencies in Karnataka on April 25 said: the Congress is likely to secure 117-129 votes (with 37 p c vote share), the BJP to secure 39-49 seats (23 p c vote share), KJP to get seven per cent of the votes while the JDS with 20 p c votes to get 34-44 seats. The prediction couldn't have been better.

8. Chance to win Skoda turned down People in Mysore were so confident of the victory of Siddaramaiah in Varuna that they turned down an opportunity to win a Skoda car.
The Congress leader's supporter Belawadi Mohan gambled his car hoping that his leader would emerge victorious and put a challenge to anyone to stake a similar car against it. He got no response.

9. CEO received 15,000 calls: The chief electoral officer received over 15,000 calls on 1950, its toll-free number on the day of the election. The calls, besides normal enquiries about the elections, were about complaints against political canvassing near polling booths and other problems.

10. Maximum and minimum number of votes polled: Maximum votes were polled was at Bangalore South (2,50,737) while minimum votes were polled at Shivajinagar (90,895).

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