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Karnataka polls: BJP lost 4 out of 5 closest-fought seats

IANS  |  New Delhi 

As the BJP fell short of the half-way mark in the polls, results show that it lost four of the five closely-contested seats where the victory margin was less than a thousand votes.

In fact, the fate of all the five constituencies was decided by a margin of less than 700 votes.

While the won Maski, Pavagada, Hirekerur and Kundgol, where the difference between the number of votes polled by the winning candidate and the closest opponent varied from a meagre 213 to 634 votes, the (BJP) won Aland seat by just 697 votes.

The BJP candidates came in second place in Maski, Hirekerur and Kundgol, whereas in Pavagada (district), candidate polled 72,974 votes to defeat (Secular)'s K.M. Thimmarayappa by 409 votes.

In Maski constituency in district, candidate defeated BJP's Basanagowda Turvihal by 213 votes. Patil polled 60,387 votes against Turvihal's 60,174.

In district's Hirekerur, Congress's Basavanagouda Patil (72,461 votes) beat BJP's Ujaneshwara Banakar by 555 votes whereas in district's Kundgol Channabasappa Sathyappa Shivalli (64,871 votes) defeated Chikkanagoudra Siddanagoud Ishwaragod by 634 votes.

However, Congress candidate lost Gulbarga's Aland constituency by 697 votes to BJP's who polled 76,815 votes.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 18:40 IST