Badami Election Results 2018 LIVE updates: BJP's Sreeramulu cuts Siddaramaiah's lead to 1700 votes in close race

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Badami Election Results 2018 LIVE updates: BJP's Sreeramulu cuts Siddaramaiah's lead to 1700 votes in close race
  • 14:30 (IST)

    Siddaramaiah's son S Yathindra wins Varuna seat by a margin of over 50,000 votes

    Siddaramaiah's son S Yathindra won by over 50,000 votes in Varuna Assembly constituency, this is the third time Siddaramaiah's family retains the seat.Yathindra was going to take on BS Yeddyurappa’s son, BY Vijayendra, in Varuna but the BJP fielded Basavaraju instead at the last minute. 

  • 14:07 (IST)

    BJP proves yet again it is master of the 'ground game'

    As remarked earlier, the BJP has the ability to retain states it has ruled for 15 years, as it has shown in large parts of northern and western India. In two of those states, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, along with Rajasthan, the party is going to the polls in a few months. The focus of 2019 and what is likely to happen there and all of the other reading of the tea leaves will soon shift there from Karnataka.​

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  • 14:02 (IST)

    Sreeramulu cuts Siddaramaiah's lead down to 1700 votes in close race

    Based on Election Commision data available on their website, at 14:00 pm, the difference between Indian National Congress candidate Siddaramaiah and BJP's Sreeramulu was just around 1700 votes with Sreeramulu trailing the race with 65,903 votes. Siddaramiah had received 67,599 votes.

    JD(S) candidate Hanamant Mavinmarad was way behind in the race with 24,484 votes.

  • Congress ahead in vote share but it has remained static while BJP has added to tally

    Media attention has shifted to vote share in the Karnataka elections where the Congress, at 37.9 percent, according to data from IndiaSpend, is marginally ahead of BJP's 36.9 percent at around 20 minutes past noon.

    The BJP, however, is ahead in 112 seats (leads plus wins) while the figure is 64 for Congress. This has been picked up by Congress spokespersons who are claiming moral victory for the party. During the Gujarat Assembly polls, the BJP managed around 49.1 percent vote share, which was a percentage more than its share in 2012 and yet its seats came down from triple digits (115) to double digits (99) in 2017.

  • 13:08 (IST)

    Siddaramaiah's decision to contest from two constituencies backfires in Chamundeswari 

    According to the data on Election Commission of India's website, JD(S) leader GT Deve Gowda has established an unassailable lead over Siddaramaiah in Chamundeswari, with his victory imminent.

    Gowda claimed that the people had "rejected" the Karnataka chief minister. "He (Siddaramaiah) lost because of his attitude, because of attacking everyone and because of his loose talk," GT Devegowda was quoted as saying by ANI.

  • 12:18 (IST)

    Siddaramaiah extends lead over Sreeramulu to 4,800 votes

    Siddaramaiah increased the margin of his lead over BJP's Sreeramulu by over 4,800 votes, with 57,962 votes till 12:15 pm - according to Election Commission website data. Sreemalulu was on 53,161 votes.

  • 11:54 (IST)

    Siddaramaiah edging ahead of Sreeramulu by 2,800 votes in a close contest

    Based on Election Commission data, Siddaramiah is leading in Badami by over 2,800 votes. The incumbent chief minister was ahead with 48,845 votes, whereas, Sreeramulu was close in second place with 46,119 votes.

  • 11:48 (IST)

    BJP Karnataka taunts Congress over Siddaramaiah's decision to contest from Badami

  • 11:42 (IST)

    Mahadayi a key issue for Badami

    There is a feeling that the Mahadayi agitation has not received adequate attention because it is too far away from the centre of power, Bengaluru — over 400 kilometres, to be precise. Moreover, most of the political leadership is concentrated in the south Karnataka region, making the northern part feel left out.

    Which is why the optimists see Siddaramaiah's decision to contest from Badami as the glass half-full. He has the opportunity to emerge as north Karnataka's hero if he can get Mahadayi water to Badami and its neighbourhood.

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  • 11:29 (IST)

    Sreemalulu could be deputy CM

    B Sreemalulu, a close aide of the powerful Reddy brothers of Ballari, has been touted to become the next deputy chief minister if the BJP comes to power. The 46-year-old, who had performed a gau puja (cow worship) on election day on Saturday, began his day with elaborate puja rituals.

  • 11:17 (IST)

    Congress' Siddaramaiah leading by 2765 votes

    As of 11:11 am data available on the Election Commission website, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah was leading BJP's Sreemalulu by 2,765 votes. 

     Siddaramiah was leading the race with 37470 votes, while Sreemalulu was on 34705 votes. JD(S) candidate Hanamant Mavinmarad, who won the election in 2013, is behind in the race with 17,559 votes.

  • 11:07 (IST)

    Siddaramaiah's 'last election'

    A day after the voting for the Karnataka Assembly election was held, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah asserted that the Congress would retain power in the southern state and said this was his last election." 

    Speaking to reporters, one of the two seats from where he contested in the high-stakes polls, along with Badami in north Karnataka, the Congress leader had said on Sunday, "This will be my last election."

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  • 10:56 (IST)

    Siddaramaiah takes the lead position, Sreeramulu trailing by around 3,500 votes at 10:50 am

    Based on Election Commission data, Siddaramiah is leading in Badami by over 3,500 votes. The incumbent chief minister was ahead with 29,729 votes, whereas, Sreeramulu was close in second place with 26,230 votes.

  • 10:35 (IST)

    B Sreeramulu leads against Siddaramiah in Badami by around 500 votes

    Based on Election Commision data available on their website, at 10:32 am, the difference between Indian National Congress candidate Siddaramaiah and BJP's Sreeramulu was around 500 votes with Sreeramulu leading the race with 20,720 votes. Siddaramiah had received 20292 votes.

    JD(S) candidate Hanamant Mavinmarad was, who won the election in 2013 was way behind in the race with 11,258​ votes.

  • 10:31 (IST)

    Updates for Badami Assembly Constituency election begin now

Badami Assembly Election Result 2018 LIVE updates: The contest is tight in Badami Assembly constituency with the incumbent chief minister and Congress candidate Siddaramaiah leading BJP's B Sreeramulu by around 1,875 votes.

Based on Election Commision data available on their website, at 12:14 pm, the difference between Indian National Congress candidate Siddaramaiah and BJP's Sreeramulu was around 1,875 votes. Siddaramiah had received 66,478 votes.

File images of B Sreeramulu and Siddaramiah. YouTube/Twitter@Siddaramaiah

File images of B Sreeramulu and Siddaramiah. YouTube/Twitter@Siddaramaiah

JD(S) candidate Hanamant Mavinmarad was, who won the election in 2013 was way behind in the race with 24,004  votes. Earlier, speaking with PTI, he had said, "Both Siddaramaiah and Sriramulu are outsiders. I will win with a good margin," said Mavinamarada, exuding confidence.

Badami has a significant presence of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes Muslims and other backward castes — the bedrock of Siddaramaiah's support base.

Siddaramiah decided to contest from the constituency along with Chamundeshwari. The incumbent chief minister gave up the Varuna constituency for his son Yathindra and is now contesting from Badami and Chamundeshwari.

With Sriramulu, a confidant of the resourceful and controversial Reddy brothers, joining the fray, the contest for Badami has become a big-ticket battle. For Sriramulu too, Badami is the second constituency he is contesting apart from Molakalmuru in Chitradurga district.

A political analyst said the Congress is hoping that the chief minister's presence in the fray here would infuse fresh energy into the party's campaign in north Karnataka.

The BJP considers the area its stronghold, especially the districts of Bagalakote, Vijayapura, Dharwad and Gadag. Congress leaders feel that Siddaramaiah's presence would encourage the fence-sitters to vote for the party.

Former minister and five-time Badami Congress MLA, BB Chimmanakatti, who is ailing, was reluctant to give up his seat initially but eventually fell in line.

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With inputs from PTI


Updated Date: May 15, 2018 14:30 PM