Hubballi: Former Karnataka chief minister Jagadish Shettar, who contested on a Congress ticket after the BJP denied him a nomination for the Assembly polls, was defeated in the Hubballi-Dharwad (Central) seat by a margin of 34,289 votes.
The BJP’s Mahesh Tenginakai, a debutant in electoral politics, defeated Shettar who is a six-time MLA. The former chief minister had quit the BJP on April 16 and resigned as Hubli-Dharwad (Central) MLA after being denied a ticket for the assembly elections.
Shettar got 60,775 votes, while Tenginkai bagged 95,064 votes in the high-stake battle. JD(S) candidate Siddalingeshgowda
Mahanthavadeyar was in third place with 513 votes. As many as 1,251 NOTA votes were cast in the seat.
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Tenginkai is considered close to BJP General Secretary (Organisation) B L Santhosh.
Shettar had won the Hubballi-Dharwad (central) seat in 2018, beating the Congress’ Mahesh Nalwad with a margin of 21,306 votes, marking his sixth win in the Assembly elections.
A staunch RSS man, Shettar was part of the Jan Sangh and BJP for several decades before severing ties with the party.