Chittapur Assembly Election 2023: Congress leader Priyank Kharge defeated BJP's Manikanta Rathod by around 13,640 votes in Chittapur constituency. Chittapur is one of the 224 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka where the election took place on May 10 (Wednesday). The election results were declared on May 13 (Saturday).
Priyank Kharge is son of Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge.
In the 2018 Assembly polls, Priyank Kharge of Congress registered victory from the seat defeating Valmik Naik of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with a margin of around 4,393 votes. Chittapur comes under Gulbarga district of Karnataka.
For the upcoming Assembly elections in Karnataka, the BJP has fielded Manikanta Rathod while Congress has re-nominated Priyank Kharge as its candidate. JD(S) and AAP have given tickets to Subhash Chandra Rathod and Jagdish Sagar, respectively.
The Chittapur seat, an SC-reserved segment. holds importance as it would decide the fate of Priyank Kharge, son of Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge. The constituency was once represented by the present by Mallikarjun Kharge. Priyank has served as Chittapur MLA for the last 10 years and is presently the head of the communication and social media wing of the KPCC. The BJP is seeking to wrest power from the Congress in Chittapur this time based on caste calculations.