Bengaluru: In yet another setback for BJP, Congress won the Jayanagar by-poll in Karnataka where elections were deferred last month following the death of a candidate.
Congress candidate Sowmya Reddy won the Jayanagar Assembly seat by 4000 votes.
She defeated the BJP’s BN Prahlad, her closest rival. The seat was held by the BJP earlier.
Bengaluru’s Jayanagar constituency went to polls on June 11 and witnessed 55% polling.
The assembly elections were held across the state on May 12, but poll in Jayanagar was countermanded following the death of BJP candidate B N Vijayakumar, who was holding the seat.
JD(S) pulled out of fray, gave support to Cong
Sowmya Reddy is Congress former minister Ramalinga Reddy’s daughter while BJP’s B N Prahlad is the brother of Vijaykumar. In all, 19 candidates were in the fray.
Ahead of the polls, Janata Dal-S had on June 5 pulled out its candidate from the contest and extended the party’s support to its ruling coalition partner, the Congress.
1st election after Cong, JD(S) came to power
This was the first election after coming to power, where both coalition partners had joined hands. Both Congress and JD-S had fielded candidates against each other, despite being coalition partners, in the recent election to the Rajarajeshwari Nagar Assembly seat in the city.
Congress candidate Munirathna had won the seat, relegating the JD-S candidate to a distant third behind BJP.