Karnataka Bypolls: Huge lead for Congress-JDS alliance, BJP’s fiefdom Bellary breached

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In a huge setback to the BJP in Karnataka, the Congress-JDS alliance is on course to secure a huge victory in the just-concluded bypolls for three Lok Sabha and two assembly seats.

Congress-JDS alliance

The Congress, which fought the polls in alliance with the JDS, is set to breach Bellary, which has been a fiefdom of sorts for the BJP. The Congress VS Ugrappa was leading from here by nearly 2 lakh votes.

Out of the five seats, the BJP was leading only in Shivamogga, which had fallen vacant after BS Yeddyurappa resigned from here to fight the assembly polls. However, the lead for the saffron party here was quite thin.

Here are the highlights:-

  • Congress-JD(S) alliance wins 4 out of 5 seats in #KarnatakaByElection2018, wins Bellary, Mandya, Ramanagaram and Jamkhandi. BJP wins Shimoga Lok Sabha seat (ANI)
  • Congress’ VS Ugrappa wins Bellary, a BJP fiefdom, by nearly 2.5 lakh votes. Ugrappa polled 628365 votes, while BJP’s J Shantha, got 3,85, 204 votes #KarnatakaBypolls #KarnatakaByElection2018
  • JD(S)’ LR Shivaramegowda wins Mandya parliamentary seat with a margin of 324943 votes. (ANI)
  • I congratulate Congress leaders in the state & at the Centre. I also congratulate JDS state leaders & workers who worked towards this win. BJP calls JDS-Congress coalition ‘Apavitra Maitri’, today that contention has been nullified: JD(S) leader & Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy (ANI)
  • BJP’s BY Raghavendra, son of BS Yeddyurappa, wins #Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat by 50,000 votes, beating JDS’s S Madhubangarappa #KarnatakaBypolls
  • JDS’ Anitha Kumaraswamy wins Ramanagaram assembly seat with a margin of 109137 votes and Congress’s AS Nyamagouda wins Jamkhandi assembly seat by a margin of 39480 votes (ANI)
  • In Bellary, Congress’ VS Ugrappa has taken a lead of over 2 lakh votes after 15 round of counting. Three more rounds to go. Ugrappa had polled 5,54,139 votes, while the BJP’s J Shantha secured 3,39,313 votes.
  • 4-1 result (unsure about Shimoga LS) in Karnataka looks like a Test series win under Virat Kohli. Coalition has delivered.
  • Anitha Kumaraswamy, wife of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, has won the Ramanagara assembly constituency.
  • JD(S) LR Shivaramegowda leads over BJP’s Dr Siddaramaiah by 196883 votes in Mandya Lok Sabha seat after counting of votes in Round 10
  • Congress’s AS Nyamagouda wins Jamkhandi assembly seat by a margin of 39480 votes
  • In Mandya, LR Shivaramegowda of JDS has taken a massive lead over Dr Siddaramaiah of the BJP after 8 rounds of counting. He is leading by 1,60,277 votes. (NDTV)
  • Anitha Kumaraswamy, wife of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, is leading by 71613 votes in the Ramanagara assembly constituency, after 13 rounds of counting. The BJP candidate BJP candidate L Chandrashekhar had left the party to join the Congress just two days before the polls here.
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