Mangaluru, May 23, 2019: Sitting MP and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Nalin Kumar Kateel’s victory by a margin of 2,74,621 votes against Mithun Rai of the Congress is the highest since Independence in Dakshina Kannada.
Nalin Kumar Kateel secured 7,74,285 votes against Congress candidate Mithun Rai who has secured 4,99,664 votes. SDPI candidate stood third with 46,839 votes.
In 2014 Nalin Kumar won by a margin of 1,43,709 votes against B. Janaradhana Poojary of the Congress. 2019 victory is an emphatic hatrick for him from Dakshina Kannada constituency.
In the first-ever elections in 1951, the district was part of the South Kanara South constituency. It came to be known as Mangalore in the 1957 Lok Sabha polls and as Dakshina Kannada after delimitation of constituencies in 2008.
A qualitative assessment of the victory margin, however, reveals that the most convincing triumph in the constituency was recorded by K.K. Shetty (Congress) over C.M. Poonacha (Congress-O) in 1971. Of the 3.18 lakh votes polled, Mr. Shetty had bagged 2.06 lakh votes compared to his rival’s tally of 84,286. Thus, he polled nearly two-and-half times (2.44 times to be precise) more votes than Mr. Poonacha.
The next most convincing victory was recorded by Mr. Poojary in 1980. The Congress veteran (2.49 lakh votes) had got a little over twice the votes of his near rival Karambally Sanjeeva Shetty (1.20 lakh votes) of the Janata Party.
Mr. Kateel has to be credited for increasing his victory margin against Mithun Rai by 2 times, compared to the 2014 elections.
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Speaking to media persons, Nalin said "The Modi wave of 2014 has now emerged as a tsunami."
On the sterling performance of his party at the national level, Nalin said "People have backed the five year governance of Modi Government and have accepted that Modi is the most capable leader for the progress and security of the nation."