#Karnataka: Cong-JD(S) set for 4-1 win

#BREAKING — In Bellary people have voted for Congress irrespective of caste, creed and religion. We didn’t see a vote for 6 months but for 5 years: @INCIndia’s @DKShivakumar | #KarnatakaBypolls #ElectionsWithNews18 pic.twitter.com/oQtNm4nbBV

— News18 (@CNNnews18) November 6, 2018 Shantha is the sister of B Sriramulu, who gave up the seat after being elected to the state assembly in the polls in May this year. JD(S) candidate L Shivarame Gowda established an unassailable lead of 99,198 votes against the BJP’s new face Dr Siddaramaiah, a former official, in the party bastion of Mandya in the Vokkaliga belt in the old Mysuru region. Of the three Lok Sabha seats that went to the by-polls, BJP had held Shivamogga and Ballari and JD(S) Mandya. In the Ramanagara assembly seat, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s wife Anitha Kumaraswamy established a huge lead of 71,613 votes over BJP’s L Chandrashekar, who pulled out of the contest but officially still remains the party candidate. Chandrashekhar joined the BJP ahead of the polls but returned to the Congress weeks later, leaving the saffron party red-faced. Facing a no-contest, it will be a walkover for Anitha Kumaraswamy. In the Jamkhandi assembly segment in north Karnataka, Congress candidate Anand Nyamgouda was ahead of BJP’s Srikant Kulkarni by a margin of 32,933 votes, riding on a sympathy wave following his father and sitting MLA Siddu Nyamagoudas death in a road accident. The Ramanagara assembly seat was held by the JD(S) and Jamkhandi by the Congress. The parliamentary by-elections were necessitated after BJP’s Yeddyurappa (Shivamogga) and Sriramalu (Ballari), and C S Puttaraju of the JD(S) (Mandya) resigned as MPs on their election to the assembly in May. The by-election to the Jamkhandi assembly seat was caused by the death of Congress MLA Siddu Nyamagouda. The Ramanagara seat fell vacant after Kumaraswamy gave up the seat, preferring Chennapatna, the other constituency from where he had won. The by-elections are being seen as a popularity test of the Congress-JD(S) coalition, cobbled together after the May assembly polls that threw up a fractured verdict. The BJP and the Congress-JD(S) combine launched an all out offensive to break into each other’s bastions to gain advantage before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. (PTI)]]>

Congress wins Karnataka Urban Body Polls

The Congress said on Monday that the people of Karnataka have accepted the development policies of the Congress-JD(S) government in the state and have rejected the ‘jumlas’ (rhetoric) of the BJP, after the party emerged as the single largest in the local body polls.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, while thanking the people of the state, said they have once again reposed their faith in the Congress. “People of Karnataka have once again reposed their faith in Congress by making it the No.1 party in Urban Local Bodies. People have accepted development policies of Congress+JDS Govt & have rejected Jumlas of BJP. Many thanks to every @INCKarnataka worker!,” he tweeted. According to the state election commission, the Congress has secured 966 seats and the BJP bagged 910 seats in the elections held on Saturday. The Janata Dal (Secular) has won 373 seats. Results for 2,628 seats out of 2,709 have been declared so far. Both the Congress and JD(S) contested the polls separately despite being partners in the state government, but they have already declared that they would tie up post-election in the urban bodies. JD(S) leader Danish Ali termed the poll result as a defeat of the BJP, noting that the civic elections were held in 104 urban Assembly constituencies, out of which the BJP had won 69 in the state elections held in May . “The Congress and the JD(S) will coordinate to form urban local bodies since we are in alliance and this will help in further assimilation of the cadres,” he said.