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The results of the election were announced on Saturday. (News18 file)

It was an election campaign of intense debate on issues such as Bajrang Dal, Bajrang Bali, corruption and removal of 4 per cent reservation for OBC Muslims by the state government and hijab. A look at how 15 high-profile candidates fared

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While the Congress looks set to storm into power in Karnataka after ousting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from its only southern state on Saturday, there were several shock wins and losses for several high-profile candidates.

As the results of the May 10 elections made the BJP’s defeat abundantly clear, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai virtually conceded defeat and said the party was unable to make a mark “despite a lot of effort by everyone, including the Prime Minister”. was not able and party workers”.

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For the Congress, to reverse its electoral fortunes in 2024 and establish itself as the main opposition player, this was the moment they had been waiting for.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said on the party’s performance in his home state, “It is a victory for ‘Janata Janardhan’.”

“All our leaders have worked unitedly and people have voted for our guarantees,” Kharge said.

It was a tightly fought, often contentious election campaign fueled by intense debate on issues such as the Bajrang Dal, Bajrang Bali, corruption and the state government’s scrapping of 4 per cent reservation for OBC Muslims, and the hijab.

Here’s a look at how 15 high-profile candidates fared:


  1. Siddaramaiah: Siddaramaiah, a mass leader considered the CM face of the Congress, left the JDS for the Congress in 2005. He became Chief Minister twice and is the only former CM to complete full term in two decades from 2013 to 2018. Defeated V Somanna of BJP In Varun,
  2. DK SHIVAKUMAR: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee chief DK Shivakumar, a seven-time MLA and popularly known as a troubleshooter for the Congress, Defeated R Ashok of BJP In Kankapura, The Vokkaliga leader has enjoyed various portfolios as a minister and is considered a contender for the CM’s post.
  3. HD Kumaraswamy: JDS leader and two-time chief minister HD Kumaraswamy high stakes battle won In Channapatna Ramnagar district seat is against BJP’s CP Yogeshwar. Both belonged to the dominant Vokkaliga community in the region. Kumaraswamy, or HDK as he is known, had defeated Yogeshwar in the 2018 elections, ending his five-term tenure. HDK, however, opted to retain the Ramnagar seat, which he also won and led the JD(S)-Congress coalition government as chief minister for 14 months.
  4. Vijayendra Yediyurappa: Son of former chief minister and Lingayat strongman BS Yediyurappa, BY Vijayendra defeated Chandrakanth S Revanakar (AAP) and Congress’s Goni Malatesh in Shikaripura. Vijayendra started his political career as secretary of the BJP Yuva Morcha’s Bengaluru unit in 2009. Promoted to the ranks of Vice-President of Karnataka BJP, Vijayendra contested From Shikaripura Where his father made a strong hold before quitting electoral politics ahead of Karnataka elections 2023.
  5. Dr G Parameshwara: Congress candidate from koratagere constituency Defeated BH Anil Kumar of BJP,
  6. Dr. Ashwath Narayan CN: Dr Ashwath Narayan CN, a BJP candidate from Malleswaram constituency, Defeated Anoop Iyengar (Congress).
  7. Laxman Savadi: Savadi, who left the BJP for the Congress after being denied a ticket to contest from Athani, a high-profile seat in Belagavi district, won the election BJP’s Mahesh Iranagowda against Kumathalli. The current MLC Savadi has been a three-time MLA from here. Athani, The BJP accommodated him as an MLC after he was asked to step aside for Kumatihalli in the 2019 bypolls. Savadi lost the 2018 election to Mahesh Kumathalli, who was then in the Congress but later joined the BJP along with Ramesh Jarkiholi and 14 others. The BJP has given ticket to Kumatihalli this time and a fuming Savadi has vowed to defeat his former party.
  8. G JANARDHAN REDDY: mining baron Gali Janardhana ReddyThrough his newly formed Kalyan Rajya Pragati Paksha (KRPP), won Gangavati seat. A former BJP minister, Reddy broke away from the saffron party and formed the KRPP in December last year. He was politically inactive for about 12 years after he was arrested by the CBI for his alleged role in a mining scam. Reddy re-entered Karnataka’s electoral politics from the outer bastion Bellary and contested from Gangavathi in Koppal district. He won against Iqbal Ansari of INC.
  9. BASAVARAJ BOMMAI: BJP leader and CM Bommai will fall won from Shigaon, He took over the reins from BS Yeddyurappa in 2021 to become the 17th Chief Minister of Karnataka. He defeated Yasir Ahmed Khan Pathan of INC and Shashidhar Channabasappa Yaligar of JDS.


  • Jagdish Shettar: Congress leader Jagadish Shettar Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, who lost to BJP’s Mahesh Tenginakai, joined the Congress in a surprise move ahead of the elections, leaving the BJP for a ticket from the Congress. Hubli-Dharwad-Central, With his entry, the Congress hopes to make inroads in the politically important Lingayat community, which traditionally favors the BJP.
  • Whistle Sun: A Swayamsevak since 1987, BJP general secretary CT Ravi In South India, he is considered the staunch Hindu face of the BJP. BJP leader lost Chikmagalur The seat goes to HD Thamayya of Congress.
  • In Somanna: BJP candidatefrom e Varun The constituency has served as the Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development. He lost to Siddaramaiah of Congress.
  • CP Yogeshwar, BJP’s CP Yogeshwar lost a fierce battle Channapatna HD Kumaraswamy of JDS.
  • R Ashoka: R AshokBJP candidate Kankapura The constituency was lost to DK Shivakumar of the Congress, which was considered a bastion of the latter.
  • Mahesh Iranagouda Kumathalli: BJP candidate From Athani Lost the election to Laxman Savadi of INC. Savadi’s defection after being denied the ticket given to Kumathalli was a talking point in the election.
  • with agency inputs