Karnataka polls : BJP’s prospective CM face Yeddyurappa wins

Bengaluru : BS Yeddyurappa, the BJP’s prospective Chief Minister in Karnataka, has won from Shikaripura, the constituency in Shivamogga that awarded him six victories earlier.

Yeddyurappa, 75, defeated Congress nominee Goni Malatesha and seven others in his home constituency.

Mr Yedyurappa’s closest opponent was GB Malatesh of the Congress – locally seen as weak candidate, since he is a Kuruba in this Lingayat-dominated seat. Mr Yeddyurappa, who also holds a parliamentary seat from Shivamogga, is one of the tallest Lingayat leaders in the state.

Yeddyurappa has been contesting from the constituency of Shikaripura in Shivamoga district since 1983, having lost only once. He won the seat in 2013 as well by 69,126 votes against HS Shanthaveerappagowda of the Congress.