Deepavali Bonus For Congress-HD Kumaraswamy, 4:1 Win In Karnataka
Karnataka Election Results 2018: Of the three parliamentary constituencies, the BJP holds the prestigious Shivamogga - stronghold of its state party chief BS Yeddyurappa - and Ballari, seen as the backyard of mining baron Reddy brothers. Mandya has been the JD(S) stronghold.
Karnataka By-Election Results: The results are crucial for the Congress-JD(S) alliance and the BJP.
Bengaluru: The ruling Congress-Janata Dal Secular (JDS) alliance in Karnataka has won two assembly seats and two Lok Sabha seats in bypolls that are expected to have an impact on opposition moves to forge a grand coalition to take on the BJP in next year's national election. The BJP has won only one parliamentary seat, Shivamogga, vacated by former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa. The Congress has surged ahead in Ballari, a BJP stronghold since 2004. The ruling alliance has won the Mandya Lok Sabha seat and the assembly constituencies of Jamkhandi and Ramanagara. An upper hand in these by-elections will be seen as validation for the Congress-JD(S) coalition amid digs about its longevity from the BJP, which is still smarting at its failure to form a government despite winning the most number of seats in the May state elections.
Here are the top 10 updates on Karnataka by-elections results:
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy hailed the verdict as a "moral victory" for the alliance. "This win is a moral win after BJP kept claiming that our coalition is not working. BJP always picked on the coalition. People have given their answer," he said, addressing a press conference.
In Ballari, Congress candidate VS Ugrappa has defeated BJP's J Shantha by a margin of 2.43 lakh votes. The BJP candidate is the sister of party strongman B Sriramulu, a close aide of the controversial Reddy brothers. The BJP had been winning this seat since 2004.
JD(S) candidate LR Shivramegowda has won a landslide victory in the Mandya Lok Sabha seat, defeating BJP's Siddaramaiah by a margin of 3.24 lakh votes. However, BJP can draw solace by the fact that its votes have increased to 2.44 lakh from around 87,000 in 2014. The seat was vacated by the party's CS Puttaraju after he was elected to the assembly from the Melkote constituency earlier this year.
Reacting to the Congress-JD(S) alliance's victory, former chief minister Siddaramaiah tweeted, "When @narendramodi does not answer questions of the ppl. Ppl will answer during elections. When @BJP4Karnataka forgets the mandate given by the people & get consumed by their arrogance. Ppl will make them bite the dust. This time it was Ballari mining dust (sic)".
BJP's BY Raghavendra has won the Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat, defeating Madhu Bangarappa of JD(S) by 52,148 votes. Mr Raghavendra is the son of former BJP chief minister BS Yeddyurappa and has represented the seat from 2009 to 2014.
Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who led the Congress campaign in Ballari, said that the the seat has given a "pro-Congress" verdict and that this a result of the people's dissatisfaction against the BJP. "People are fed-up of the BJP. They did nothing for the past 15 years," he told NDTV.
Congress leader and Karnataka's deputy chief minister G Parameshwara thanked the voters for the verdict. "A BIG thank you to all the voters who chose Congress & gave us this massive victory. I thank our party workers who dedicated themselves to this spectacular win. Our hard work has paid off. @INCKarnataka Wish you all a very happy Deepavali!" he tweeted.
Anitha Kumaraswamy, wife of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, has won the Ramanagara assembly constituency by a margin of 1.09 lakh votes. She got a virtual walkover after BJP candidate L Chandrashekhar quit the party and joined the Congress two days before polling.
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. The Congress candidate is the son of its legislator Siddu Nyamagouda, who died in a road accident in May. The seat witnessed an high turnout of over 77 per cent during the polling on November 3.
DK Shivakumar 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".