Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Jagadish Shettar (BJP) defeats Mrunal Ravindra Hebbalkar (INC) in Belgaum

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Belgaum, officially Belagavi, Lok Sabha seat, is one of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in the Indian state of Karnataka. 

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Mayank Kasyap
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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Jagdish Shettar of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won in the Karnataka's Belgaum constituency with a margin of 1,78,437 votes defeating Mrinal R Hebalkar of the Congress party.

Belgaum, officially Belagavi, Lok Sabha seat, is one of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in the Indian state of Karnataka. Jagadish Shettar won the Belagavi seat in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 by defeating Ravindra Hebbalkar of the Congress.

What are the issues?

The Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency, located in the state of Karnataka, faces several critical issues that impact its residents. These issues range from infrastructural challenges to socio-economic problems, affecting the overall development and quality of life in the region. Here are some of the major issues:

1. Infrastructure Development

  • Roads and Transportation: Poor road conditions and inadequate transportation facilities are significant concerns. The need for better connectivity, especially in rural areas, is crucial for economic growth and access to services.
  • Urban Infrastructure: Rapid urbanization has led to the need for improved urban infrastructure, including better sewage systems, water supply, and waste management.

2. Agriculture and Farmer Welfare

  • Irrigation Facilities: Farmers face challenges due to insufficient irrigation facilities. The demand for more efficient and reliable water resources is high.
  • Market Access: Farmers often struggle to get fair prices for their produce. Improved market access and better support prices are needed to enhance their livelihoods.

3. Industrial Development

  • Employment Opportunities: There is a need to boost industrial development to create more employment opportunities, especially for the youth.
  • Industrial Infrastructure: The establishment of more industrial zones with proper infrastructure can attract investments and generate jobs.

4. Healthcare Services

  • Access to Healthcare: Many areas in the Belagavi constituency lack adequate healthcare facilities. There is a need for more hospitals, clinics, and improved healthcare services, especially in rural regions.
  • Public Health: Public health issues, including sanitation and clean drinking water, remain significant challenges.

5. Education

  • Quality of Education: Improving the quality of education in schools and colleges is essential. There is also a need for more vocational training centers to enhance employability.
  • Infrastructure: Many educational institutions lack proper infrastructure, which hampers the learning environment.

6. Water Management

  • Drinking Water: Ensuring access to clean drinking water is a critical issue, particularly in rural areas.
  • Water Conservation: Effective water conservation methods are needed to address water scarcity issues.

7. Social Welfare

  • Women and Child Welfare: There is a need for more initiatives focused on the welfare of women and children, including healthcare, education, and safety.
  • Housing: Providing affordable housing for the underprivileged sections of society is a significant concern.

8. Environmental Issues

  • Pollution: Industrial pollution and waste management are critical environmental issues that need to be addressed.
  • Deforestation: Efforts to prevent deforestation and promote afforestation are necessary to maintain ecological balance.

9. Political and Administrative Challenges

  • Governance: Effective governance and efficient administration are needed to address the various issues faced by the constituency.
  • Corruption: Tackling corruption and ensuring transparency in government schemes and projects is essential for development.

Caste Equation

The caste equation in Belagavi is quite interesting with people from multiple communities exercising participation. Buddhists are 0.02 per cent, Christians are 0.39 per cent, Jains are 3.73 per cent, Muslims are 11.06 per cent, SCs are 12.1 per cent, STs are 6.2 per cent and Sikhs are 0.04 per cent.

Who won in 2019?

Jagadish Shettar won the Belagavi seat in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. He belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and won with a vote share of 63.1 per cent. Meanwhile, Mrinal Ravindra Hebbalkar of the Indian National Congress (INC) was only able to garner 30.9 per cent.