An upset seems to be on the cards in the Hubbali-Dharwad Central constituency where senior Lingayat leader Jagadish Shettar, who rebelled against the BJP and switched sides with the Congress, is trailing.
As per the latest trends of the Election Commission of India as of 11:30 am, Shettar had secured 21152 votes with 33.6% votes, as of 11:30 am. The BJP 's Mahesh Tenginaki was leading with 45788 votes with an impressive 64.82 % vote share.
Shettar, a former chief minister of Karnataka, was one of the most prominent leaders of the BJP in the state. His rebellion against his party and subsequent switch to the rival camp Congress was seen as a major psychological boost for the latter.
While the Congress has developed a comfortable lead over the BJP in the state, crossing the half-way-mark, Shettar seems to facing a defeat.
In another possible upset, Nikhil Kumaraswamy, the son of H.D Kumaraswamy of JD(Secular) is trailing in Ramanagaram. H.D Kumaraswamy, former chief minister, is himself in a tricky position in Channapatna with a marginal lead of just over 500 votes.