Bantwal: B Ramanath Rai has suffered a shocking defeat from Bantwal seat to BJP’s Rajesh Naik. Rajesh Naik, who has been a BJP worker since long time expressed his happiness. “For the last five years as a common BJP workers I have worked in my constituency of Bantwal. This is a victory of the BJP workers of Bantwal for their hard work. Ramanath Rai’s anti Hindu policies was the last nail in his coffin,” Naik said.
Ramanath Rai had to face embarassing situation when came to the counting centre as jubilant BJP workers who had gathered in large numbers gheraoed Rai’s car and chanted ‘Modi, Modi’, hailing the Prime Minister.
This is surely a low moment for Congress. The party has lost all the seats in Dakshina Kannada except Mangaluru assembly constituency seat with its candidate U T Khader winning the assembly election. He defeated his nearest BJP rival Santhosh Kumar Rai by 35,594 votes
Counting of votes was held at Mahatma Gandhi Centenary Higher Primary School, Bondel (Belthangady, Moodbidri and Mangaluru North) and Mahatma Gandhi Centenary PU College, Bondel (Mangaluru South, Mangaluru, Bantwal, Puttur and Sullia).