Karnataka Lok Sabha bypoll results: BJP lose Bellary seat after 14 years; Congress-JD (S) win four of five seats
Cadres of Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) broke into celebrations only a day ahead of Diwali as the coalition, currently ruling Karnataka, won four out of five constituencies that went to polls on Saturday.
With impressive margins, Congress trounced BJP in two Lok Sabha and two Assembly constituencies. The biggest upset of the by-election was Congress wresting Bellary Lok Sabha seat after a gap of 14 years from the BJP. Bellary Lok Sabha segment Congress candidate VS Ugrappa won the by-election by a margin of 2,43,261 votes against BJP. Ugrappa has polled 6,28,365 votes while BJP’s J Shanta, who is a relative of BJP leader Sriramulu, bagged 3,85,204 votes.
In Mandya Lok Sabha, LR Shivarame Gowda defeated BJP’s Siddaraju with more than 3.4 lakh votes.
JD (S) candidate Anitha Kumaraswamy, who is CM HD Kumaraswamy’s wife, won with a margin of over 1 lakh votes in the Ramanagara Assembly constituency, facing no opposition as her only rival candidate BJP’s L Chandrashekhar announced retirement and pledged support to her.
Congress’s AS Nyamagouda also won the Jamkhandi seat with almost 40,000 votes.
The seat that BJP managed to retain was the Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat. BY Raghuvendra, the son of BJP state chief BS Yeddyurappa, defeated his competitor with over 40,000 votes.
These by-polls come only six months after the heated elections in Karnataka which saw some of the top brass from both BJP and Congress participating in campaigning to gain power in the state.Then, a hung verdict was declared and Congress and JD (S) had formed a coalition.
Around 66% of the over 54 lakh elecotrate voted in these elections. Following the results, the Congress-JD (S) coalition is now ruling in 120 of 224 constituencies.
Courtesy: Bangalore Mirror