The much-hyped Reddy brothers could not bring much cheer to the BJP in this elections.
Though it emerged as the single largest party, the saffron party has managed to win only three seats out of the nine in this ore rich district of Ballari, while Congress party won six seats.
Despite the leadership of Valmiki strongman and BJP Lok Sabha member B. Sriramulu, backed by his mentor and mining scam-tainted former minister Gali Janardhan Reddy, the BJP failed to regain its lost hold over the Ballari district.
Congress candidates, E. Tukaram from Sandur, P.T. ParameshwarNaik from Hadagali, BhimaNaik from Hagaribommanahalli, J.N. Ganesh from Kampli, B.S. Anand Singh from Hosapete and B. Nagendra from Ballari (ST) registered a victory against BJP candidates.
Singh and Nagendra had quit BJP ahead of the polls and joined Congress.
BJP candidates N.Y. Gopala Krishna from Kudligi, M.S. Somalingappa from Siruguppa and G. Somashekhar Reddy from Ballari City won. However, the defeat of Sriramulu's nephew and two-time MLA from Kampli T H Suresh Babu by Congress debutant Mr Ganesh is a big jolt to the Reddy camp.
The BJP leadership came under fire before the elections for giving nine seats to the Reddy clan.
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