BENGALURU: Siddaramaiah wins in Badami where he was up against BJP's B SriramuluHe lost in Chamundeshwari where he had won 5 times in the pastThe Congress won Badami in 2013 and before this, the BJP won in 2008Karnataka's outgoing chief minister Siddaramaiah of the Congress won Badami but lost in Chamundeshwari as votes were counted on Tuesday.
Siddaramaiah defeated B Sriramulu of the BJP in Badami, an important seat in the Bagalkot district, which falls in what is known as the "Mumbai Karnataka region" of the state. Siddaramaiah wanted to contest in Badami because of his doubts over Chamundeshwari.
Siddaramaiah had given up his own seat Varuna, for his son Yathindra.The Congress won Badami in 2013 and before this, the BJP won in 2008.
With a population of over 50,000, Badami has many from Siddaramaiah's Kuruba community. It also has a sizeable population of Lingayats and Veerashaivas.
The BJP, determined not to give Siddaramaiah a walkover, fielded Sriramulu, a parliamentarian who is known for a solid record of winning elections.
B Sriramulu, a close aide of the powerful Reddy brothers of Ballari, has been talked about as a 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. Siddaramaiah lost to the Janata Dal Secular candidate GT Deve Gowda his former party in Chamundeshwari, a seat that has elected him five times in the past.
Chamundeshwari is in the Mysore district and falls within the "Southern Karnataka region" of the state.