With a massive jolt for BJP, the Coalition partners in Karnataka Congress and JD(S) won both the assembly constituencies — Ramanagaram and Jamkhandi — and two of the three Lok Sabha seats —Ballari and Mandya in the Karnataka by-elections, today.
BJP has lost 2 out of 3 Lok Sabha bypolls and both the assembly by polls in Karnataka. The only consolation for BJP is in Shimoga, where state party chief B S Yeddyurappa’s son B Y Raghavendra defeated former chief minister S Bangarappa’s son Madhu Bangarappa of JD(S) by over 52 thousand votes.
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy reacting to the victory, said that he feels vindicated after many believed JD(S)-Congress alliance will be a non-starter politically. That myth has been busted today. Stating that this is only begining, he expressed confidence that in next year’s Lok Sabha polls, their coalition will win all 28 seats seats in the state, leaving no seat for BJP.
Congress’ V S Ugrappa has won in Bellary defeating Shantha of BJP by2.46 lakh votes. Shantha is the sister of B Sriramulu, who gave up the seat after being elected to the state assembly in the polls in May this year.
JD(S) candidate L Shivarame Gowda prevailed against the BJP’s new face Dr Siddaramaiah in Mandya by 324943 votes. Of the three Lok Sabha seats that went to the by-polls, BJP had held Shivamogga and Ballari and JD(S) Mandya.
In the Ramanagara assembly seat, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s wife Anitha Kumaraswamy won by 109137 in a virtual walk-over after BJP party candidate Chandrashekhar went back to Congress.
In the Jamkhandi assembly segment in north Karnataka, Congress candidate Anand Nyamgouda defeated BJP’s Srikant Kulkarni by a margin of 39,480 votes, riding on a sympathy wave following his father and sitting MLA Siddu Nyamagoudas death in a road accident.The Ramanagara assembly seat was held by the JD(S) and Jamkhandi by the Congress.