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Yediyurappa's Son Vijayendra Leads In Shikaripura In His First Election

A close second to Vijayendra is Independent SP Nagaraja Gowda, a Congress rebel

BJPs BY Vijayendra files nomination
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BY Vijayendra, son of former chief minsiter BS Yediyurappa is leading from the Shikaripura assembly constituency after the first few rounds of counting. According to Election Commission data, Vijayendra received 5,176 votes.

Congress's Goni Malatesh, who lost to Yediyurappa in 2018 received 312 votes and the other candidates that are leading are Independents. A close second to Vijayendra is Independent SP Nagaraja Gowda, a Congress rebel. 

Yediyurappa held the seat since 1983. This is the first time in the last four decades that the constituency went to the polls without Yediyurappa. The Vice-President of the party's state unit B Y Vijayendra made his entry into electoral politics by filing nomination from this seat. 

Yediyurappa won in this seat in 2018 by beating Malatesh by a huge margin of 35,397 votes. In 2013, he won against Congress' HS Shanthaveerappagowda by nearly 25,000 votes.

"This is my first election and I am happy that the party gave me the opportunity to contest. I'm blessed to contest for the Shikaripura seat. People are fed up with hung assembly and I am confident that BJP will get a majority," Vijayendra had earlier said on his first election.

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