Congress candidate Channaraj Hattiholi leading towards victory Sitting MLC, BJP candidate Mahantesh Kavatagimath pulled on the third place while Independent Lakhan Jarkhiholi is pegged at the number 2 position
Chanraj Hattiholi (INC) after 50% vote-counting secured 3300 votes Likely to be declared winner as per the first preferential vote.
Now the battle for 2nd seat Lakhan Jarkhiholi (IND) at second position 1945 votes
Mahantesh Kavadgimath (BJP) – 1100 votes
Two votes are rejected in the Belagavi due to the revelation of secret ballots from the voter.
One BJP vote & one IND vote has been rejected by the Election Commission!
Counting has begun now around 12 pm
Results got delayed since preferential votes will come into play because of a tight contest. Any candidate securing 50 per cent of the total valid votes plus one first-preference vote will get elected in the first round itself. If that doesn’t happen, then counting will begin for second-preference votes, and then the third, and the exercise may go into a second day.
There is a triangular fight here with Mahantesh Kavadgimath (BJP), Chanraj Hattiholi (INC) and Lakhan Jarkhiholi (IND).