BJP wins Karnataka by-elections

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Bangalore Dec 30: The verdict is out for eight assembly constituencies of Karnataka. Chief Minister Yeddyurappa's influence over the state has reaped good benefits in this election. BJP has got a landslide victory. Out of eight constituencies, BJP won 5 seats.

The strength of the BJP rose to 116 in the 224-member house and its effective numerical numbers 122 in the wake of its government headed by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa enjoying the backing of six independents.

While JDS won three seats, Congress and Others are duckout. Kalpana Siddaraju, widow of JDS sitting member M S Siddaraju, has won from Maddur. Maddur by-election was necessitated following the death of M S Siddaraju. Sympathy factor has worked out for Kalpana. Anita Kumarasway won from Madhugiri consituency. M Krishnappa from Turuvekere also declared as winner. BJP candidate of Turuvekere M D Lakshminarayan who was leading in the first phase of counting was defeated. Unable to cope the situation, he got an heartattack and has been admitted to hospital

J Narasimha Swamy (Doddaballapur) won along with the four minister Balachandra Jarakiholi (Arabhavi), Umesh Katti (Hukkeri), K Shivanagowda Naik (Devadurga) and Anand Asnotikar (Karwar). The state of Karnataka went on by by-polls on Dec 27. The campaigning slogans of Congress and JD(S) was to punish 'defectors', but it was of no effect to the people who stood by the BJP's motto of 'stability.'

JD(S) lost four of its MLAs to BJP and the Maddur seat following the death of M S Siddaraju. But it retained the two seats in Madhugiri and Maddur, where its candidates won with a sizeable majority. The Congress, whose three MLAs were poached by BJP, suffered a major dent to its image as it scored a blank in the bypoll.

Counting of votes for the by-elections held in eight assembly constituencies of Karnataka began amid tight security cover on Tuesday, Dec 30. An estimate of 72 per cent of the 13.649-lakh electorate had exercised their franchise.

Seven seats were left vacant due to 'Operation Lotus' launched by the BJP, during which it successfully engineered defections from Congress and JDS. When asked about the BJP victory in by-polls, state Congress party President D K Shivakumar said that Congress is ready to accept people's verdict. Meanwhile JD(S) spokesperson Y S V Datta said, "It is not a vote for development. BJP will have to pay a price for defections one day."

OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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