Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) created history in Karnataka assembly elections as state president N Mahesh won Kollegal assembly constituency.
BSP's Mahesh polled 31362 votes and secured 40.62% vote share. The runner-up Congress' A.R. Krishna Murthy got 24764 votes with 32.07 per cent votes.
The BJP's GN Nanjunda Swamy was pushed to the third spot.
Kollegal is reserved for Schedule Category (SC) candidates. The total number of voters Kollegal is 1, 93, 293. Male voters account for 1,00,659 and 98, 920 female voters. From 1957 to 2013, the Congress has won 10 times, the BJP only once in the 2009 bypoll.
Interestingly, the electorate of Kollegal has never elected a candidate for the second term since 1989.
BSP's N. Mahesh was in second place in the last assembly elections. In 2013, S.Jayanna of Congress defeated N. Mahesh by over 10,000 votes. Jayanna polled 47,402 votes, ie 32.36 per cent of vote share and Mahesh secured 37209 votes, 25.40 per cent. N. Chamaraju of JD(S) was polled mere 4392 votes with 3.00 per cent.