bjp: Bypolls: BJP bags Sindgi, but Congress shocks Karnataka CM on home turf | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: The BJP scored a big win in Sindgi constituency in Vijayapura district, but its celebration was dented by loss to the Congress in CM Basavaraj Bommai’s home district of Haveri in the twin byelections, whose results were announced on Tuesday.
The BJP wrested Sindgi from the JD(S) by more than 30,000 votes and ceded Hangal seat to the Congress by over 7,000 votes in a tough battle.
The Hangal defeat is seen as a personal setback for Bommai as he represents its neighbouring segment -Shiggavi – in the legislative assembly. “I’ve taken this electoral setback seriously, and will take corrective action,” said Bommai.
JD(S) candidates lost deposits in both constituencies despite campaigning by former PM HD Deve Gowda and former CM HD Kumaraswamy.
Victories or losses will be shared by all, says BSY
Riding on the popularity of its candidate Srinivas Mane, who had developed a personal rapport with voters during the pandemic-triggered lockdown, the Congress defeated BJP’s Shivaraj Sajjanar by 7,373 votes in Hangal. Mane had lost to the BJP’s CM Udasi by over 5,000 votes in 2018.
But the BJP’s win in Sindgi, a seat held by the JD(S), was sweeter with its candidate Ramesh Bhusanur defeating Ashok Managuli (Congress) by a margin of 31,185 votes. The JD(S) had won the seat in 2018 by 4,353 votes.
The bypolls were necessitated following the death of incumbent legislators MC Managuli (Sindgi) and CM Udasi (Hangal).
It was Bommai’s first electoral challenge after he took over as chief minister in July from party strongman BS Yediyurappa. The CM had camped in Hangal for over 10 days and undertaken a campaign along with Yediuyrappa, besides deploying half his cabinet members for poll supervision. The BJP state unit had appointed 13 points men, including Yediyurappa’s son and state party vice-president BY Vijayendra, in both seats.
“We fought the election under collective leadership. Victories or losses will be shared by all. There is no need to pin the blame on any one person. We will review the results together,” Yediyurappa said.
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