Dharwad MP candidates: Choose from three-time MP, ex-MLA, and more

Three-time MP Pralhad Joshi is BJP's candidate again in Dharwad parliamentary constituency. His main opponent is Vinay Kulkarni of Congress, a former MLA and minister in Siddaramaiah government.

Dharwad Parliamentary Constituency (number 11) comprises eight assembly constituencies – Navalgund, Kundgol, Dharwad, Hubli-Dharwad-East, Hubli-Dharwad-Central, Hubli-Dharwad-West, Kalghatgi and Shiggaon. Six of these constituencies are held by the BJP while the remaining two (Kundgol and Hubli-Dharwad East) are held by Congress.

Dharwad constituency came into being during the delimitation in 2008. Since then, it has been represented by Pralhad Joshi of BJP.

While the constituency is new, this region’s history dates back a thousand years, to the 11th century temple of Aharanishankar. It was around this temple that Pubballi (meaning ‘the old village’) developed. A few centuries later, the nearby ‘gateway town’ Daravada was fortified. The administrative incorporation of the two cities Hubli and Dharwad that were 20 kms apart, was done in 1961. With this, 45 revenue villages spread over an area of 202 sq kms were brought together. Hubli-Dharwad is today the second most populous urban agglomeration in Karnataka, after Bengaluru.

The twin cities are home to over a thousand small and medium industries, a cotton market, a large agricultural produce market, an automotive manufacturer and its allied industries, and a pharma manufacturing unit. The region has also been home to greats like Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Padma awardees Gangubai Hangal and Mallikarjun Mansur, musicians like Kumar Gandharwa, two of Karnataka’s eight Jnanapith awardees – D R Bendre and Girish Karnad – and writers like Sudha Murthy, G A Kulkarni and Patil Putappa.

Hubli-Dharwad had also been chosen by the Ministry of Urban Development as one of the 100 cities to participate in the Smart City Challenge.

According to the website of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Karnataka, as of 16th January, the constituency had a total of 16,87,967 voters – 8,58,370 male, 8,29,495 female and 102 others. There are 1872 polling booths to enable these citizens to vote this election.

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Know your Candidates

Nineteen candidates are contesting from Dharwad this time, of whom nine represent political parties while the other 10 are independents. Find the links to their affidavits towards the end of this article.

Election Commission of India (ECI) had rejected six nominations from this constituency while four candidates had withdrawn their nominations. Only one woman is contesting from here this time, same as in the 2014 election.

Pralhad Joshi

Pralhad Joshi, the incumbent MP, is the BJP candidate from the constituency again. A two-time MP from Dharwad, he is also currently the General Secretary of BJP’s Karnataka unit.

  • Age: 56 years
  • Education: BA
  • Profession: Social service and Business
  • Voter in: Hubli-Dharwad Central Assembly Constituency
  • Website: pralhadjoshi.in
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/pralhadvjoshi
  • Twitter: @JoshiPralhad
  • Criminal cases: One. Case number 0032/2018 in JMFC III Court, Hubli. The case was filed under Sections 153 A, 298 of IPC, for allegedly disturbing peace and igniting communal riots between Hindus and Muslims.

Assets and liabilities

Year Assets Liabilities
Lok Sabha 2019 Rs 11.14 crores
(Movable assets: Rs 3.2 cr
Immovable assets: Rs 8.09 cr)
Rs 5.17 cr
Lok Sabha 2014 Rs 4.19 cr Rs 67.4 lakh
Lok Sabha 2009 Rs 1.44 cr Rs 31.82 lakh

Over his last tenure, Joshi’s assets had increased by over 165 percent, from around Rs 4 cr to Rs 11 cr.

Pralhad Joshi’s political career, and the establishment of the BJP in this region, is said to have taken off in the 1990s, with the Idgah Maidan controversy. Earlier in his career, Joshi was BJP’s Dharwad District President. He first became an MP in 2004, from the erstwhile Dharwad North parliamentary constituency. In 2009 and 2014, he was re-elected from Dharwad constituency.

Out of Joshi’s MPLADS funds of Rs 25 cr, Rs 13.5 cr was sanctioned for various local works between 2014 and 2019. Of this, Rs 10.3 crores was spent by the district administration for the works.

Information about his attendance in the current term (2014-2019), debates participated in etc., can be found here. Similar details with respect to his previous term (2009-2014) can be found here. More details about Joshi, including positions held, can be found here and here.

In the news

Vinay Kulkarni

Vinay Kulkarni is the candidate representing Indian National Congress from Dharwad. Due to the pre-poll alliance between JD(S) and Congress, there is no JD(S) candidate from here this election. Kulkarni was first elected as an independent MLA from Dharwad Rural assembly constituency in 2004. He joined INC thereafter. He also won the 2013 assembly election, and was the Minister for Mines and Geology in the Siddaramaiah government in 2015-16.

Kulkarni had lost the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and the 2018 Karnataka assembly elections, both to BJP candidates.

Assets and liabilities

Year Assets Liabilities
Lok Sabha 2019 Rs 19.78 crores
(Movable assets: Rs  8.58 cr
Immovable assets: Rs 11.20 cr)
Karnataka Assembly 2018 Rs 18.09 cr Nil
Lok Sabha 2014 Rs 11.19 cr Rs 65.39 lakh

In the news

Irappa Madar

Irappa Madar is the BSP candidate from the constituency. He had contested in the 2014 Lok Sabha election too from Dharwad, but lost to Pralhad Joshi.

  • Age: 44 years
  • Education: 10th standard
  • Voter in: Kundgol assembly constituency
  • Pending criminal cases: None

Assets and liabilities

Year Assets Liabilities
Lok Sabha 2019 Rs 3.17 lakh

(Movable assets: Rs 3.17 lakh

Immovable assets: Nil)

Rs 9.5 lakh
Lok Sabha 2014 Rs 5.85 lakh Rs 80,000

He is one of the few candidates whose assets declined and liabilities went up multifold over the last five years.

Full list of candidates

Name (click on candidate’s name to access affidavit) Party Symbol

56, BA, Social service and Business

Bharatiya Janata Party Lotus

52, 12th standard; Self-employed, Partner in Vinay Dairy, Business

Indian National Congress Hand

44, 10th std, Farming and business

Bahujan Samaj Party Elephant

37, B Sc, B Ed; Full-time employee

Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) Bat

49, B Com, PGDCA, Editor – Crime Loka weekly

All India Hindustan Congress Party Tractor Chalata Kisan

35, MA (Mass Communication and Journalism), Social work and social research

Azad Mazdoor Kissan Party Telephone

28, 10th std, Farming

Bharatiya Prajagala Kalyana Paksha Crane

54, 9th std; Works in a private company, yoga instructor

Proutist Bloc, India Ship

40, MCA, Training and Social Activist

Uttama Prajaakeeya Party Auto-rickshaw

49, BA, LLB; Agriculture

Independent Swing

46, No formal education, Tailoring

Independent Key

36, B Com; Company Secretary, GST advisor

Independent Chimney

42, BA, Farming

Independent Television

54, 6th std, Farming

Independent Hand craft (cart)

39, 10th std, Private Sub-Contractor in construction industry

Independent Ganna Kisan

46, PUC, Private job

Independent Pot

37, 7th std, Business

Independent Pen nib with seven rays

42, 10th std, Social activist

Independent Syringe

55, No formal education, Social service and Business

Independent Pen drive

Source: http://www.myneta.info/LokSabha2019/index.php?action=show_candidates&constituency_id=626

Find candidates’ campaign expenditure details here.

2014 Lok Sabha Elections

In the 2014 elections, there were 15.78 lakh registered voters (8.08 lakh men, 7.6 lakh women and 88 others) in the constituency. Of them, 65.99 percent i.e., around 10.4 lakh people, cast their votes (5.6 lakh men, 4.7 lakh women, and 1040 postal votes).

Candidate Name Party Votes secured Percentage vote share (over total polled)
Pralhad Joshi BJP 5,45,395 53.04
Vinay Kulkarni Congress 4,31,738 41.99
Bankapur Hanumanthappa Mallappa JD (S) 8,836 0.86
Irappa Bharamappa Madar BSP 6,858 0.67
NOTA 12,937 1.26

In that election:

  • 17 candidates contested, of whom 15 forfeited their deposits
  • Vinay Kulkarni of INC did well in Navalgund and Hubali-Dharwad East, while Joshi got 50 percent or more of the votes cast in the remaining assembly constituencies


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