Karnataka Assembly Bypolls: Setback for Congress as BJP wrests 12 seats, secures majority in assembly

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In a huge setback to the Congress, the BJP on Monday wrested 12 of the 15 seats that went for bypolls recently. Polls here necessitated after the MLAs switched side and joined the BJP. Their resignations had led to the collapse of the then Congress-JDS government in the state. The then Karnataka Speaker had disqualified all of them. These MLAs had approached the Supreme Court, which upheld the Speaker’s decision but allowed them to contest elections.

Of the 15 seats, 12 were held by the Congress while three belonged to the JDS. In today’s results, the BJP won 12, while two were retained by the Congress. One went to an independent candidate.

The BJP, which has 106 MLAs in the 224-seat Karnataka assembly needed to win at least six out these 15 seats to save its government. The defection by 17 MLAs had reduced the number for the Congress-JDS combine to 101. Among those having defected in July were 14 Congress and three JDS lawmakers.

The Congress and the JDS fought the bypolls separately.

LIVE Updates will appear below

  • Siddaramaiah, Congress: I have also resigned as leader of opposition in Karnataka Assembly. (ANI)
  • Siddaramaiah, Congress: As a leader of legislative party, I need to respect democracy. I have resigned as Congress Legislative Party leader. I have submitted my resignation to Sonia Gandhi Ji. (ANI)
  • Election Commission of India: Bharatiya Janata Party wins in 3 seats, leading in 9 seats; Congress leading in 2 seats and Independent leading in 1 seat. (ANI)
  • Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa on #KarnatakaByelection: I am happy that people have given a very good verdict. Now, without any problem we can give a pro-people and a stable government. (ANI)
  • Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar on #KarnatakaBypolls results: We have to agree with the mandate of the voters of these 15 constituencies. People have accepted the defectors. We have accepted defeat, I don’t think we have to be disheartened. (ANI)
  • Karnataka bypolls results trends: BJP leading in 12 seats, Congress leading in 2 seats, Independent leading in 1 seat, as per EC trends. (ANI)
  • Karnataka bypolls results trends: BJP leading in 10 seats, Congress & JDS leading in 2 seats each, Independent leading in 1 seat, as per EC trends; Counting underway in 15 assembly seats. (ANI)
  • #Karnataka bypolls results trends: BJP leading in 9 seats, Congress and JDS leading in 2 seats each, Independent -1, as per EC trends; Counting is underway in 15 assembly seats. (ANI)
  • #Karnataka bypolls results trends:BJP leading in Hirekerur, Ranibennur,Yellapur,Chikkaballapur, Vijayanagara&Mahalaxmi Layout;Congress leading in Shivajinagar&Hunasuru; JDS leading in KR Pete&Yeshvanthapura,&Independent candidate SK Bachegowda leading in Hosakote,as per EC trends (ANI)
  • #Karnataka bypolls results trends: BJP leading in Yellapur, Chikkaballapur constituencies, Congress leading in Shivajinagar and Hunasuru constitiencies and JDS leading in KR Pete, according to official EC trends. (ANI)
  • #Karnataka bypolls results trends: In Shivajinagar constituency, Rizwan Arshad from Congress is leading. (ANI)
  • Counting of votes is underway

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