The villagers refrained from voting to register their protest against the Forest Department for hindering development works in their villages.
Belagavi is going to polls with 8,256 ballot units, 2,054 polling booths, 17,49,005 voters, and 57 candidates.
The constituency has been a sensitive one, vulnerable to violence and rowdyism, and parts of it — especially Mangalore city commissionerate limits have been identified as critical.
Kateel was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 2009, upon defeating Congress representative Janardhan Poojary by 40,420 votes.
The residents of Maadu Hati in Kodagu say they have no proper drinking water or sanitation facilities.
Upset with Poojary lending support to the Ram Mandir, Hakeen Puttur had shared an audio clip calling for the leader to be ‘encountered and killed’ in December 2018.