Bantval is an important constituency near Mangaluru and a stronghold for the BJP-RSS. The constituency lies towards the east of Mangaluru and has 2.2 lakh voters. In 2018, the Congress party has fielded B Ramanatha Rai against BJP’s Rajesh Naik, Balakrishna Poojary Panolibail of the Lok Awaz Dal, Shameer of All India Mahila Empowerment Party and Ibrahim Kailar being the independent.
Being a politically charges constituency, Bantval witnessed widespread violence last year in which an RSS worker and an SDPI worker lost their lives.
In 2013, Congress’ B Ramanatha Rai won the election after he received a total of 81,665 votes. He defeated Rajesh Naik Ulipady of the BJP who got 63,815 votes and Krishnappa Poojary Kalladka of the JDS who received 1,927 votes.
Here are the live updates of Karnataka Assembly election results 2018:
2:30pm: BJP’s Rajesh Naik U won with 97802 votes
1:40pm: In last elections held in 2013, Congress had won the Bantval constituency with a margin of 17850 votes.
1:26pm: Rajesh Naik U is leading candidate in Bantval constituency by a margin of 15971 votes, counting in progress.
1:05pm: Congress’ B Ramanatharai is trailing behind BJP candidate Rajesh Naik U, who has got 97802 votes till now, counting underway.
12:44pm: BJP candidate Rajesh Naik U continues to be at the top with 89341 votes, counting underway.
11:05am: BJP candidate is inching towards victory, counting underway.
10:44am: Congress candidate B Ramanatharai is trailing behind BJP candidate Rajesh Naik U, who is maintaining healthy margin to lead the race in Bantval Assembly.
10:10am: BJP candidate Rajesh Naik U leading with 18125 votes. Congress candidate B Ramanatharai is trailing and has got 12249 votes, counting underway.
8:40am: Congress’ candidate B Ramanatharai is leading from Bantval constituency, counting underway.