Benglauru: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was leading in 12 out of the 15 constituencies in Karnataka, indicating that the electorate had clearly voted in favour of a stable government under B.S.Yediyurappa. By-elections to the 15 constituencies were held on 5 December.
The BJP was leading in Athani, Kagawad, Yellapur, Gokak, Vijayanagara, Mahalakshmi Layout, Rannebennur, K.R.Pura, Chikaballapura, Yeshwantpura, Hirekerur, Krishnarajapete (K.R.Pete), according to state election authorities.
Though results for some of these constituencies were declared, state election authorities are yet to verify the same.
Narayan Gowda, who defected to the BJP, is leading by a margin of around 10,000 votes against B.L. Devraj of the JD(S) in K.R.Pete. The likely victory will pave the way for the BJP to enter the Vokkaliga-dominated district that had firmly backed the JD(S) in the 2018 elections.
The developments in K.R.Pete indicate the waning influence of former prime minister H.D.Deve Gowda and former chief minister H.D.Kumaraswamy and their hold over the district and perhaps now over their party. The victory at K.R.Pete also legitimises the entry of B.Y.Vijayendra, the second son of Yediyurappa in charge of K.R.Pete, to make his entry political entry.
“Today's spectacular victory for BJP in by-elections is a victory for BJP's "Development Politics" under the leadership of CM @BSYBJP. By summarily rejecting the "Adjustment Politics" of @INCKarnataka and @JanataDal_S, Voters have reposed their faith in BJP.
#BJPSweepsKarnataka," the BJP Karnataka posted from its official handle on Monday.
The Congress, however, is likely to keep control over Shivajinagar in Bengaluru and Hunasuru in Mysuru district, if the current trend continues. After two failed attempts at winning the Bengaluru central seat in the parliamentary elections, Rizwan Arshad managed to defeat M.Saravana of the BJP.
Siddaramaiah’s friend-turned-rival A.H.Vishwanath was trailing H.P. Manjunath of the Congress in the former chief minister’s home district.
“I think we should be writing the epitaph of democracy & constitution in Karnataka. People who took their mandate for granted, left for the lust of money & power have been re-elected in #KarnatakaByelection. Not a good sign for democracy. #KarnatakaBypolls," Priyank Kharge of the Congress posted on Twitter.
Sharath Kumar Bache Gowda, the independent candidate is leading against N.Nagaraju (M.T.B) of the BJP in Hosakote that had turned into one of the biggest battlefields with allegations that candidates were splurging money and goodies to get the backing of the voters.
“The platform of political morality that the Congress and JD(S) stood on did not gain any traction," A.Narayana, political analyst and faculty at the Azim Premji University said.