Elected on a Congress ticket from Yeshvanthapura in the Karnataka Assembly polls 2018, MLA S T Somashekar was among the 17 legislators disqualified by former Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, under the anti-defection law. Since Supreme Court allowed these MLAs to contest the bypolls, Somashekar is now contesting as the BJP candidate from Yeshvanthapura.
Know your candidates
Twelve candidates are contesting from Yeshvanthapura constituency. The nominations of two other candidates had been rejected.
Following are the major candidates:
Indian National Congress
|S T Somashekar
Bharatiya Janata Party
|T N Javarayi Gowda
Janata Dal (Secular)
Full list of candidates
|P NAGARAJ, 46, SSLC (discontinued), Self-employed||Indian National Congress||Hand|
|S T SOMASHEKAR, 62, B Sc, Private transportation||Bharatiya Janata Party||Lotus|
|T N JAVARAYI GOWDA, 61, Businessman||Janata Dal (Secular)||Lady farmer carrying paddy on her head|
|HANUMANTHA M (KOTE), 40||Independent||Diamond|
|KRISHNAIAH, 46, 9th std, Self-employed||Karnataka Rashtra Samithi||Whistle|
|G VENUGOPAL, 54, BE (Instrumentation), Business in electronics||Independent||Coconut farm|
|N BEERESH, 26, SSLC, Self-employed||Independent||Sewing machine|
|SARVAMANGALA G, 29||Independent||Cup and saucer|
|SHAMBHULINGEGOWDA (GANDIVADHI), 59||Independent||Television|
|C R NAGARAJU, 49, SSLC||Bharatiya Prajagala Kalyana Paksha||Bat|
|SRIVENKATESWAR MAHA SWAMIJI (KATAKADHOND D G), 32, B Com, Social worker||Hindustan Janta Party||Tractor chalata kisan|
|MANJUNATHA M, 33, SSLC, Agriculturist||Uttama Prajaakeeya Party||Autorickshaw|
Results of 2018 election
In the previous assembly election, S T Somashekhar won 1,15,273 votes in this constituency, or over 40 percent of the vote share. The runner-up, T N Javarayi Gowda of JD(S) secured 1,04,562 (36.41 percent) votes. Jaggesh of BJP stood third with just 59,308 (20.65 percent) votes.
|Name||Sex||Age||Category||Party||General votes||Postal votes||Total votes||% votes|
|S T Somashekhar||M||60||Gen||INC||1,15,085||88||1,15,273||40.14|
|T N Javarayi Gowda||M||59||Gen||JD(S)||1,04,385||177||1,04,562||36.41|
About the constituency
Yeshvanthapura assembly constituency comprises five wards – Dodda Bidarakallu, Herohalli, Hemmigepura, Kengeri and Ullalu. Being on the periphery of the city, the constituency has a mix of urban and rural characteristics. It is mostly a residential area, yet has been denied basic facilities such as Cauvery water supply, good transport, roads and underground drainage.
Five of the 12 waste disposal units in the city are located here, so the soil as well as water is heavily contaminated and citizens frequently complain of health issues. This constituency is also one of the four in Bengaluru that has the highest number of voters.
Total number of registered voters: 4,80,953
Registered voters in the 2018 election: 4,53,557