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Shimoga is one of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies of Karnataka.
According to the census, the total population of Shimoga is 20,09,358, among which 16.05% of voters are from Scheduled Caste while 3.85% voters belong to Scheduled Tribes. Further, 31.04% of voters live in urban areas while 68.96% voters stay in rural areas.
Out of the total 15,62,241 voters, there are 7,78,767 male voters while 7,83,474 voters are females.
The sitting MP BS Yeddyurappa from BJP defeated INC's V Manjunath Bhandary by a huge margin of 363,305 votes in the previous elections.
In Shimoga, S.MADHUBANGARAPPA of Janata Dal (Secular) put up a good fight but lost the seat to Bharatiya Janata Party's B.Y.RAGHAVENDRA..
For this seat, Bharatiya Janata Party placed its bet on BY Raghavendra while the Janata Dal (Secular) fielded S Madhubangarappa. Guddappa was the candiate from Bahujan Samaj Party.