Beltangady: Wherever triangular or multi-cornered contest takes place in any kind of elections, the result does not reflect the correct opinion of the people.
Vittala Malekudiya, a post-graduate in Journalism and a tribal activist, had tried his hand at the local polls by contesting in the gram panchayat fight last year and had lost.
This time he went a step higher and filed his nomination for the Dharmasthala seat of zilla panchayat. He had two veterans pitted against, Koragappa Naik of the BJP who held a top post in the ZP earlier and Ramesh, a Congress leader.
The counting took place on Tuesda and Naik secured 9,137 votes and was declared elected. Ramesh stood second with 7,309.
But Vittala surprised everyone by winning a big share of votes by securing 2,202. Interestingly, although Naik won by a lead of 1,828 votes over Ramesh, the total of votes gained by the two losing candidates was much above the ones secured by Koragappa Naik.
Congress workers and supporters of Vittala insist that in effect it was not a victory for the BJP.
Vittala Malekudiya archives:
Beltangady: Vittala Malekudiya to Receive Maanava Dharmapeetha Sadhbhaavana Award
Beltangady: Battle of Ballot – Vittala Malekudiya Jumps into Gram Panchayat Poll Fray
Mangalore: Justice Finally Served, Activist Vittala Released on Bail
Beltangady: Vittala Malekudiya Granted Bail after HC Directive
Mangalore: Delegation to Meet CM for Vittala’s Release
Mangalore: Thinker G K Govinda Rao Takes up Vittala Malekudiya’s Case
New Delhi: Palakkad MP M B Rajesh Raises Vittala Malekudiya Issue in Lok Sabha
Mangalore: ‘Vittala Malekudiya’s Arrest Amounts to Violation of Human Rights’ – Kerala MP
Mangalore: Mother of Arrested Student Narrates Tale of Terror and Tears
Mangalore: Harassment to Student on Alleged Naxal Nexus Resented