Senior leaders of the Karnataka Congress are breathing free. After their 'unexpected' massive victory in both assembly seat of Gundlupet and Nanjangud, the party is confident that its workers and leaders won't jump to other parties, at least for now. The results have come as a morale booster for the Congress that went into the bypoll as a divided house.
Despite leaders leaving the party, despite workers divided into groups, the party refused to compromise on the campaign and the results were proof enough for its success. BJP, including state unit President B S Yeddyurappa, had said that many leaders and workers of the Congress would join the BJP after the bypoll. With the results favouring the Congress, the jump may not come immediately. The results have changed the status quo for many. OneIndia had earlier reported about how the bypoll was a fight for unity for the Congress.
Tall leaders of the Congress such as S M Krishna, Jayaprakash Hegde, Srinivas Prasad jumped to the BJP ahead of the polls and there were reports of Mandya strongman Ambareesh also quitting the Congress. While the BJP, as well as the Congress, expected movement of leaders, the bypoll results have stopped party-hopping for now.
The results while lifting up the mood of the Congress has dealt a blow to the morale of the BJP. The Congress' state leadership is Delhi is not only looking to appraise the central leadership of the victory in the bypolls but also to brief them about the mood of the state leaders and workers. While it is pre-mature to say that all is well in the Congress, the bypoll result has managed to bring the workers, leaders and party together on some fronts. Many issues need to be addressed and remain a concern.