Bengaluru: Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda continues to trail by nearly 18,000 votes against the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) candidate G.S. Basavaraj in Tumakuru (Tumkur) parliamentary seat at 12.10 pm. If these trends hold, it would be one of the biggest upsets of the Lok Sabha elections.
Deve Gowda had decided to contest from Tumakuru in what he calls his last elections after he gave up his Hassan seat to his grandson, Prajwal Revanna.
Gowda has served as a member of the Karnataka legislative assembly since 1962 for seven terms and is a six-time member of parliament since 1991. He has served as chief minister of Karnataka from 1994 to 1996.
Congress heavyweight and seven time MP, K.H.Muniyappa was trailing by over 1.6 lakhs votes against BJP’s S.Muniswamy, a little known corporator from Bengaluru,
Though counting is still underway, it would be a mammoth task for Muniyappa to overcome this kind of a lead.
Meanwhile, another Congress heavyweight Mallikarjun Kharge trails Umesh Jadhav of the BJP by over 40000 votes in Kalaburagi (Gulbarga). Kharge, often referred to as the “solillada saradara" (chieftain who has never lost), staring at a defeat at the hands of his former aide-turned-rival, Jadhav. Kharge has won nine assembly elections since 1972 and two parliamentary elections since 2009.
Former Karnataka chief minister M.Veerappa Moily was also trailing by over one lakh votes in Chikballapura parliamentary constituency against B.N.Bache Gowda of the BJP.
Winners are yet to be declared officially.