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Congress-JD-S trounces BJP 4-1 in Karnataka by-elections (Third Lead)

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

In a Diwali gift ahead of 2019 general election, the JD-S-coalition on Tuesday worsted the BJP 4-1 in the by-elections, winning two and two Assembly constituencies, while conceding the parliamentary seat to the saffron party.

It was a resounding victory for the ruling coalition in just six months after the May 12 assembly elections, which had returned a hung verdict, forcing the and Janata Dal-Secular to come together to form a coalition government on May 23.

Hailing the victory, Chief called for opposition parties to unite under the leadership of to take on the in the next year's elections, as people were looking for an alternative.

While the JD-S and the Congress won the and (ST) seats, they also bagged the Ramanagaram and seats.

The Congress scored a major victory wresting the in (reserved) Lok Sabha seat, where its candidate defeated BJP's by a margin of 2,43,161 votes.

Ugrappa polled 6,28,365 votes against 3,85,204 secured by Shantha, sister of B. Sriramulu, a close associate of the Reddy brothers.

The by-election was held in the Lok Sabha constituency, which was a BJP bastion since 2004, after Sriramulu resigned following his election to the state Assembly from Molakalmuru (reserved) seat in the adjacent district in May.

in the southern state's northwest region shot into national fame when then Congress won in the 1999 mid-term Lok Sabha elections, defeating BJP's Sushma Swaraj.

Sonia, however, resigned from Bellary within weeks to retain the Rai Bareily Lok Sabha seat in as she had contested from both the constituencies.

The BJP had pulled all stops during the campaigning to ensure a victory for Shantha, who represented the constituency from 2009-14.

In the JD-of Lok Sabha constituency, its candidate won by a huge margin of 3,24,943 votes over BJP's Siddaramaiah. Gowda polled 5,69,347 against 2,44,404 by the latter.

The vacancy was caused by JD-S C. Puttaraju, who resigned on being elected to the assembly from Melukote in district in the May 12 state polls.

The BJP, however, managed to win only the Lok Sabha seat where its former Chief B.S. Yeddyurappa's son defeated JD-S nominee Madhu Bangarappa, son of former chief late S. Bangarappa, by 52,148 votes majority. Raghavendra polled 5,43,306 votes against 4,91,158 by Madhu.

Yeddyaruappa resigned from on getting elected to the assembly from the Shikaripura segment in the same district in the Malnad region, causing the vacancy.

In the two assembly by-polls, the ruling alliance scored a resounding victory.

The prestigious Ramnagaram seat went to H.D. Kumaraswamy's wife Anitha, who won on the JD-S ticket by a huge margin of 1,09,137 votes.

The 55-year-old defeated BJP's L. Chandrashekar, who had quit the party and rejoined the Congress on November 1. His nomination, however, remained since the final date of withdrawal was October 20.

In the seat, Congress candidate Anand Siddu Nyamagouda, son of former Union Minister Siddu Nyamagouda, defeated BJP's Shrikant Kulkarni by 39,480 votes.

The seat had fallen vacant following the death of Nyamagouda senior in a road accident on May 28 in the state's northwest Bagalkote district.

With Tuesday's victory, the strength of the ruling coalition in the 224-member legislative assembly goes up to 120.

Workers and supporters of the ruling alliance who contested the by-elections together, broke into celebrations across the party's offices in Ramanagaram and Jamkhandi as well as in Bengaluru.

Around 66 per cent of the 54.5-lakh electorate had voted in the five by-polls on Saturday.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 17:20 IST
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