By-Election Results: The BJP won 104 of the 224 seats in the assembly election in May.
The Congress-JDS alliance has won four out of five seats that went to bypolls. The alliance won in Ballari and Mandya parliamentary seats. It also won Jamkhandi and Ramanagara assembly seats. The BJP won the Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituency. Congress leader P Chidambaram has reacted to the alliance's performance, saying the coalition has delivered.
Out of the three parliamentary constituencies, the BJP held two, while the JDS one. The BJP holds Shivamogga, which is a stronghold of its state chief BS Yeddyurappa.
It is a matter of prestige for both the BJP and the ruling Congress-JDS alliance after the assembly election in the state. It was a loss of face for the BJP as the Congress and JDS entered a late alliance to deprive it from forming the government despite being the single largest party. The good performance in bypolls is a boost for the ruling Congress-JDS alliance in the state, which was facing questions of longevity.
In 2014, the BJP had won 17 of Karnataka's 28 parliamentary seats. The Congress won 9 and HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal Secular 2 seats. The BJP won 104 of the 224 seats in the assembly election in May.
Here are the highlights on Karnataka By-election 2018 Results:
United Opposition Can Easily Defeat BJP: CPI On Karnataka By-Elections
Encouraged by the Karnataka by-poll results, the Communist Party of India (CPI) Tuesday said a united opposition could easily defeat the BJP, according to news agency Press Trust of India.
The JD(S)-Congress coalition won two of the three Lok Sabha seats and both the Assembly segments Tuesday in the fiercely-fought bypolls, giving a shot in the arm to the ruling combine in Karnataka that faces frequent questions on its longevity.
Welcoming the verdict of the Karnataka by-polls, the Left party said the people of the southern state had made it clear that a united opposition could easily defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
"The Deepawali gift of the Karnataka people makes it clear that a united opposition can easily defeat the BJP," the CPI said in a statement, quoted by PTI.
It added that the huge margins of defeat of the BJP candidates showed the anti-BJP mood of the people, according to PTI.
The CPI has consistently been stressing on state-specific alliances of non-BJP political parties in order to take on the ruling party in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, according to a PTI report.
We will introspect the results of Ballari and move ahead. We are confident that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be completely ours: BS Yeddyurappa
The fact of the matter is that both the Congress and JDS have indulged in rampant misuse of official machinery as well as indulged in rampant distribution of liquor and money, says Mr Yeddyurappa in a statement.
My party accepts the verdict of the people in this bypoll with all humility: BJP state unit chief BS Yeddyurappa
Congress has supported me and so, in my personal capacity, it is my duty to support the Congress too: HD Kumaraswamy
Rahul Gandhi is a very innocent politician. In my interactions with him in the last few months he came across as very innocent. He has been truthful and honest with me: HD Kumaraswamy
For 2019, naturally the Congress will take the lead... They are the national party... they have to take the lead: HD Kumaraswamy
According to my analysis, it will be a mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) government in 2019. People will bless the grand alliance.
The people across the country are blessing us (Alliances)... If you see by-elections across the country. Wherever there is a BJP vs alliance battle, the BJP has lost. With our unity, and the blessings of the people, we are destined to win: HD Kumaraswamy
When it comes to money power, no other political party can compete with the BJP. They have much more money than any other party: HD Kumaraswamy
The Modi wave does not have any affect anymore... In 2014, the scenario was different... the country was new to Modi... they thought he would change the whole country and the whole system. He also made many promises, but after 4.5 years, people have seen what he is capable of. They now know what they are voting for. So that factor (Modi Wave) has completely changed. He will not survive 2019: HD Kumaraswamy
The JDS-Congress alliance is strong enough to win the entire state. We will definitely win the 2019 polls as well: HD Kumaraswamy
Yes, we would have done better if the Congress gave up the Shimoga seat much earlier, we (JDS) would have done far better over there. But they left it in the last minute: HD Kumaraswamy
We all came together for these polls. At the worker-level, there was some confusion, but that wasn't the case with leaders. The senior leaders were clear and came together in a decisive manner. Leaders from both parties (Congress and JDS) were confident ahead of these elections: HD Kumaraswamy to NDTV
The result was expected: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to NDTV
VS Ugrappa of the Congress has won the Ballari bypoll with a massive margin of 2,43,161 votes. He defeated J Shantha of the BJP.
LR Shivaramegowda of JDS has won Mandya bypoll by 3,24,943 votes.
This win is a moral win after the BJP kept claiming that our coalition is not working. BJP always picked on the coalition. People have given their answer. They kept saying all of this was politics. But we have an answer today: HD Kumaraswamy
There were a lot of people who opposed the alliance and its decisions. If we had prepared properly, we could have won Shivamogga as well: HD Kumaraswamy
BY Raghavendra of the BJP has won the Shivamogga Lok Sabha bypoll. He defeated JDS candidate S Madhu Bangarappa.
The BJP doesn't have ethics. And when you don't have ethics, you have no right to accuse or blame others for the lack of it: DK Shivakumar
People wanted change, people wanted development in Ballari: DK Shivakumar to NDTV
We had a strategic plan in place from Day 1: DK Shivakumar to NDTV
I think as far as southern India is concerned, you can't make Ram Mandir and all those issues a political plank. People are looking at what they're going to get, what benefit they're going to get in social and economic sector, administration and transparency: DK Shivakumar
Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who led the Congress campaign in Ballari, tweeted, "This Deepavali, I thank the people of Karnataka & especially Bellary for blessing Congress party with this record victory. With support & guidance of Congress President Shri @RahulGandhi & Former PM Shri HD Devegowda, the coalition leaders & workers strived hard to defeat BJP".
Anand Siddu Nyamagouda of the Congress has won the Jamkhandi assembly constituency, defeating his BJP rival Srikant Kulkarni by a margin of 39,480 votes.
Anitha Kumaraswamy, wife of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, has won the Ramanagara assembly constituency.
Congress workers celebrate outside party office in Bengaluru.
Congress workers celebrate outside the counting station in Ballari. The Congress candidate has taken a massive lead.
As Congress-JDS combine is leading in four seats, Congress leader P Chidambaram said the coalition has delivered.
In Mandya, LR Shivaramegowda of JDS has taken a massive lead over Dr Siddaramaiah of the BJP after 8 rounds of counting. He is leading by 1,60,277 votes.
The complete coordination between the Congress and the JDS is the reason for the alliance's victory: Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah
In the Mandya Lok Sabha seat, JDS candidate LR Shivramegowda is leading by 121963 votes after 6 rounds of counting. The seat was vacated by the party's CS Puttaraju after he was elected to the assembly from the Melkote constituency.
Anitha Kumaraswamy, wife of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, has taken a huge lead of 71613 votes in the Ramanagara assembly constituency, after 13 rounds of counting. She got a virtual walkover after BJP candidate L Chandrashekhar quit the party and joined the Congress two days before polling.
After eleven rounds of counting in the Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat, BJP's BY Raghavendra is leading by 36, 467 votes over his JDS rival Madhu Bangarappa. Mr Raghavendra is the son of former BJP Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and has represented the seat from 2009 to 2014.
In a big setback for the BJP, J Shantha, who is the sister of party strongman B Sriramulu, is trailing by a huge margin in Ballari. VS Ugrappa of the Congress is leading by a mammoth 1,74,294 votes after 12 rounds of counting.
The JDS-Congress combine is leading in four out of five seats that went to polls. The BJP is only leading in Shivamogga.
In Shivamogga, BY Raghavendra of the BJP is leading by 32, 563 votes.
In Mandya, LR Shivaramegowda of JDS is leading by 76,952 votes after 4 rounds of counting.
In Jamkhandi, Congress candidate Anand Siddu Nyamagouda is leading by 29,116 votes after 12 rounds of counting.
In Ramanagara, Anitha Kumaraswamy of the JDS is leading by 59,767 votes after 11 round of counting.
In Ballari, VS Ugrappa of the Congress is inching closer to victory as he is leading by 1,40, 531 votes after 9 rounds of counting.
In Ramanagara, JDS candidate Anitha Kumaraswamy is leading by 47, 241 votes after 9 rounds of counting.
In Ballari, VS Ugrappa of the Congress has extended his lead to 1,18,856 votes after 7 rounds of counting.
In Shivamogga, BJP's BY Raghavendra has extended his lead to 9665 votes after 4 rounds of counting.
In Mandya, LR Shivaramegowda of JD(S) is leading by 20,633 votes.
In Jamkhandi, Anand Siddu Nyamagouda of the Congress is leading by 16, 516 votes after 7 rounds of counting.
In Ballari, VS Ugrappa of the Congress is leading by 1,00723 votes after 6 rounds of counting.
In Shivamoga, BY Raghavendra of BJP is leading by 2627 votes.
In Ramanagaram, Amitha Kumaraswamy of JDS is leading by 23,596 votes after 5 rounds of counting.
In Ballari, Congress candidate VS Ugrappa has taken a huge lead over the BJP candidate. He is leading by 84,257 votes after 5 rounds.
S Madhubangarappa of JDS is leading in Shivamoga by 1414 votes after 2 rounds of counting.
In Jamkhandi, Anand Siddu Nyamagouda of the Congress is leading by 9,555 votes after 5 rounds of counting.
BJP's Raghavendra leading over JDS candidate S Madhubangarappa by 3906 votes in the 1st round of counting in Shimoga: ANI
JDS candidate Anitha Kumaraswamy leads over BJP's L Chandrashekhar by 14813 votes in 3 rounds in Ramanagaram assembly seat: ANI
Congress candidate Anand Siddu Nyamagouda leads over BJP's Kulkarni Shrikant Subrao by 7149 votes in 4 rounds in Jamkhandi assembly seat, reports news agency ANI.
Congress candidate VS Ugrappa is leading in Ballari.
Polling for election to the three Lok Sabha and two assembly constituencies was held on November 3.
The by-elections were necessitated after BS Yeddyurappa (Shivamogga), Mr Sriramalu (Ballari), and CS Puttaraju of JDS (Mandya) resigned as parliamentarians following their election to the Karnataka assembly.
Bypolls to Jamkhandi assembly seat was necessitated due to the death of Congress MLA Siddu Nyamagouda. In Ramanagara, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy gave up the seat.
A total of 31 candidates have contested the bypolls in five constituencies. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy's wife Anita Kumaraswamy, state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa's son BY Raghavendra and former Chief Minister S Bangarappa's son Madhu Bangarappa are among the candidates.
Counting of votes began at 8 am and a total of 1,248 counting staff have been deployed for it.
The BJP has pulled all stops to wrest Mandya from the JDS, which was vacated by the party's CS Puttaraju after he was elected to the assembly from the Melkote constituency.
The fight in Ballari will also be a test for Congress's DK Shivakumar, who played a key role in forming the alliance with HD Kumaraswamy. Mr Shivakumar has overseen the campaign for the Congress candidate.
Counting of votes in bypolls to three Lok Sabha and two assembly constituencies has begun.
The Congress fancies its chances as in this year's assembly elections, it won six of the eight assembly segments that fall under the parliamentary seat.
The seat fell vacant after Mr Sriramulu resigned to contest the assembly elections.
The BJP has fielded J Shantha, sister of party strongman B Sriramulu.
The ruling Congress-JDS alliance hopes to wrest the mine-rich North Karnataka constituency of Ballari from the BJP.
All three former chief ministers represented the parliamentary constituency in the past.
Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United), a BJP ally in Bihar, is also in fray, fielding Mahima Patel, son of JH Patel.
The JDS candidate is Madhu Bangarappa, son of former Chief Minister S Bangarappa.
In Shivamogga, the BJP fielded Mr Yeddyurappa's son BY Raghavendra, who won the seat in 2009.
The ruling alliance is banking on the fact that their combined vote share in the eight assembly segments in Shivamogga was more than that of the BJP in the last assembly elections.
Retaining Shivamogga is a matter of pride for the BJP.
The contest in Shivamogga is attracting much attention, with sons of three chief ministers battling for the seat that fell vacant after BS Yeddyurappa resigned to contest the assembly elections.