Bangalore: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka wrested two of five assembly seats from the Congress in the just concluded by-elections, but the gains were muted by the defeat of one of its key ministers. By-polls were held on Tuesday in five constituencies in Karnataka — Govindrajnagar, Chittapur, Ramangar, Chennapatna and Kollegal.
The results were declared on Friday. Karnataka housing and muzrai minister, V. Somanna, who had defected to BJP from the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha election in April, was defeated in the Govindrajanagar constituency by Congress Priya Krishna, a realtor who has declared assets worth Rs770 crore. Another Congress defector to BJP, C.P. Yogeshwar, too lost from the Chennapatna constitutency to the Janata Dal (Secular), or JD(S), candidate,
As for the gains, BJP’s Valmiki Nayak wrested the Chittapur assembly constituency from the Congress. The constituency had become a prestige fight as Union labour and employment minister Mallikarjuna Kharg’s son Priyank Kharge was trying to retain a seat seen as a family bastion. BJP also claimed the Kollegal seat from the Congress. JD (S) led by former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda, won Chennapatna and Ramanagara assembly seats.