Ex-Karnataka CM Bangarappa’s Sons Kumar and Madhu to Lock Horns in Sorab Seat


Last Updated: January 24, 2023, 16:23 IST

Kumar Bangarappa has won twice while Madhu Bangarappa has won once.

Madhu Bangarappa and Kumar Bangarappa have faced each other four times in total in the Sorab Assembly constituency.

Ahead of the Karnataka Assembly elections 2023, the Sorab Assembly constituency has become a centre of headlines already. It is one of the 224 Legislative Assembly constituencies of Karnataka and is a part of the Shimoga district. Often called the home constituency of Karnatakaโ€™s former chief minister Sarekoppa Bangarappa, who was its MLA from 1967-1994, Sorab will catch the eyes of pollsters this year for a strange reason. Sarekoppaโ€™s two sons Madhu and Kumar Bangarappa will most likely face each other and contest for this seat, yet again.

Madhu Bangarappa and Kumar Bangarappa have faced each other four times in total in the Sorab Assembly constituency. Kumar Bangarappa has won twice while Madhu Bangarappa has won once.

Kumar is currently a BJP MLA from Sorab. He won the seat by defeating his brother Madhu by a huge margin of 13,500 votes by getting 72,000 votes in the 2018 state Assembly elections. In 1999, Kumar, who had contested as a Congress candidate with the support of his father, secured 38,773 votes and entered the Legislative Assembly for the first time.

Madhu Bangarappa, on the other hand, joined the Indian National Congress in July 2021. Earlier, he was a Janata Dal (Secular) party member and was elected as an MLA from the Sorab in 2013.

Earlier, in the 2008 Assembly elections both the brothers faced defeat. Harthalu Halappar, who had contested as a BJP candidate, was elected by getting 53,552 votes. But Congress candidate Kumar got 32,499 votes and JD(s) candidate Madhu got 31,135 votes.

The 2023 Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections are scheduled to be held before May 2023. The tenure of the current Legislative Assembly is scheduled to end on May 24, 2023.

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