In a majo0r setback to the BJP, the party lost four out of the five seats for which bypolls were held in the seat. It managed to win only in the Shivamogga Parliamentary constituency where BS Yeddyurappa’s son Raghavendra pulled off a narrow win.
In what is considered to be the mining mafia’s fiefdom Ballari, BJP lost for the first time since 1999.
The electoral calculations behind the formation of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the State got a shot in the arm after winning four out of five assembly and parliamentary constituencies.
The bypoll elections had become a matter of prestige for the three Lok Sabha constituencies as the term of the present LokSabhaends in barely six months.
In Ballari, BJP has lost for the first time since 1999 when Sonia Gandhi contested and defeated Sushma Swaraj. The margin is also one of a concern for the BJP, where their candidate, former MP J Shanta lost the seat to Congress’ V.S. Ugrappa, a newcomer to the district’s political landscape, by more than 2.4 lakh votes. “It is a victory of the people, of principles and of secularism,” said Ugrappa.
While the BJP did win the “battle of the sons” in Shivamogga, its margin has come down. BJP’s B.S. Raghavendra, son of Yeddyurappa, won against JD(S)’s Madhu Bangarappa, son of former Chief Minister S. Bangarappa, by a margin of 52,148 votes only.
Yeddyurappa had won the seat in 2014 by a margin of 3.63 lakh votes.
In Mandya, the coalition candidate L.R. Shivaramegowda from JD(S) comfortably romped to victory over BJP’s candidate Siddaramaiah who had joined the party just before the elections. The vote margin was close to 3.25 lakh votes, and this is a new record for Mandya parliamentary seat.
In the assembly constituencies, it was status quo with the coalition partners retaining their respective seats.
Anand Nyamagouda, the son of the sitting MLA S. Nyamagouda, won by nearly 39,500 votes. BJP’s Kulkarni Srikanth lost for the third time.
In Ramanagara, where BJP’s candidate L. Chandrashekhar rejoined the Congress 48 hours before the polls, the results were as expected. Anita Kumaraswamy, the wife of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy who had relinquished the seat after winning it in the May assembly polls, won comfortably. She won by 1.09 lakh votes, while the BJP received 15,906 votes despite their candidate jumping ship. Her husband had held the seat since the 2004 elections.
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