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Karnataka elections: Bhalki Assembly constituency

By Oneindia Staff Writer

Bhalki is a town and a taluk in Bidar district. It was also known as Bhallunke. The first mention of the town was made as ""Bhallunke"" in the vachanas of 12th-century sharanas. The sharana Kumbara Gundaiah was from Bhalki who was part of Bhakthi movement.

Karnataka elections: Bhalki Assembly constituency

Bhalki fort is an important place of interest in the town. Located at the edge the old Bhalki town, it hosts a variety of buildings, including the Satyaniketan School, residences, Kumbheshwar (Ganesh) Temple, etc The Kumbheshwar temple is inside the fort. There are open wells inside the fort and a small pond outside it, though all of them have dried up. The Bidar district administration has proposed a plan to preserve and develop the fort, at a proposed cost of Rs.1.25 crores.

Bhalkeshwar Temple, Bhatambra Fort, Ram Temple are some of the famous temples and fort in this town. Rameshwara Tekadee, located on a hill (TekaDee - hill in Marathi) a couple of kilometres north-east of the new town centre, this is a historical fort-like structure offering a panoramic view of the surrounding plains. It also hosts a temple.

The Town Municipal Council Bhalki was constituted in 1953. The TMC has 23 wards and an equal number of councillors. As of 2011 census, Bhalki town has a population of 40,333. Males constitute 53 per cent of the population and females 47 per cent. Bhalki has a literacy rate of 80.34 per cent.

Eshwara Bhimanna Khandre current Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Municipalities and Local Bodies Department and Department of Public Enterprises. He is a two-term member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. He represents the constituency from the Indian National Congress.

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