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Karnataka's ruling alliance bets on retaining seats in by-polls

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

The ruling Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and alliance is upbeat on retaining their hold in the Saturday's five by-elections ahead of vote count on Tuesday, an said on Monday.

"Higher voter turnout in the two assembly segments of Jamkhandi and Ramangara and moderate in the three parliamentary seats of (ST), Mandya and Shimoga indicate that joint candidates of our parties have a clear edge," a told IANS here.

The JD-S contested from the Ramangara assembly seat and Mandya and Shimoga Lok Sabha seats, while the did from Jamkhandi and (reserved).

Though the opposition BJP fielded candidates in all the 5 by-polls, its nominee L Chandrasekhar from resigned from the party and re-joined the on November 1, making his contest futile, as even his polling agents deserted him.

An unfazed BJP, however, claimed that it would not only retain the and Shimoga parliamentary seats, but also wrest Jamkhandi from the Congress.

"The heavy turnout (77.17 per cent) in Jamkhandi clearly signals our candidate will snatch the seat from the Congress," a BJP told IANS000

The Congress, on the other hand, dared to retain Jamkhandi where it fielded AAnand Siddu, son of its senior leader Siddu Nyamagouda, whose sudden death in a road mishap on May 28 necessitated the by-poll.

With Chandrashekhar out of contest, it will be a cakewalk for JD-S candidate Anitha, wife of H.D. Kumaraswamy, with a huge majority from Ramangara despite 5 Independents in fray where polling was 71.88 per cent.

In the three Lok Sabha seats, Bellary polled 63.85 per cent, Shimoga 61.05 per cent and Mandya 53.93 per cent.

Sons of three former state chief ministers are locked in a triangular contest from Shimoga in Malnad region.

They are B.Y. Raghavendra, son of BJP's state unit B.S. Yeddyurappa, who was the party's first in the south from 2008-11, Madhu Bangarappa, younger son of late Congress (1990-92) and Mahima Patel, son of late Janata Dal-United (JD-S) chief minister (1996-99).

L.R. Shivarame Gowda of the JD-S and Siddaramaiah of the BJP are the candidates in Mandya.

In Bellary, the Congress fielded its state legislative against BJP's as both belonging to the dominant Valmiki tribal community.

The Lok Sabha by-elections were held to fill vacancies caused by the resignation of its three sitting members -BJP's Yeddyurappa from Shimoga and Sriramaulu from Bellary and C. Puttaraju of the JD-S from Mandya on being elected to the assembly in the May 12 elections.

The by-poll was held to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Kumaraswamy, who retained the adjacent Channapatna assembly segment after contesting and winning from both the seats in the May 12 state elections./Eom/470 words.



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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 23:30 IST