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BJP makes significant inroads in Vokkaliga strong Mandya

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Despite losing Lok Sabhaseat in the bypolls, the local office was in a celebratory mood as this was the best ever performance of the party in the district in the belt, a JDS stronghold.

The Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) candidate L R Shivarame Gowda scored a spectacular victory in Mandya, defeating BJP's Siddaramaiah, apolitical green horn and former civil servant by 3,24,943 votes.

While Gowda got 5,69,347 votes, Siddaramaiah secured 2,44,404.

Enthused by the party's performance workers were seen congratulating Siddaramaiah and distributing sweets.

The BJP's state unit chief B S Yeddyurappa called the party's performance "heartening."

"BJP's performance of polling 2.44 lakh votes in the traditional weak region of is really heartening. Thiswill enable us to strengthen the party further socially and geographically in the next coming days," he said.

The constituency has strong presence, the community to which JD(S) supremo and former H DDeve Gowda belongs.

During campaigning, candidate had openlyexpressed their opposition to their party's decision to give up the seat to JD(S), as the grand old party toohas significant presence in the region.

The by-elections were necessitated as C S Puttaraju of JD(S) resigned as on his election to the assembly in May this year.

During the 2014 polls, candidate B Shivalingaiah secured 86,993 votes.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 19:25 IST