Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao resigns taking moral responsibility##Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao resigns taking moral responsibility
Karnataka victory boosts BJP morale amid Jharkhand polls##Karnataka victory boosts BJP morale amid Jharkhand polls
At a time when the BJP is losing footprint in states, the recent being in Maharashtra, it has got a major boost with the thumping victory in Karnataka by-elections. The Karnataka result would not only determine whether Yeddyurappa stays in power. It would also nudge its cadre to renewed activism ahead of the third phase of Jharkhand elections due on December 12.
Seventeen Assembly constituencies spread across eight districts of Jharkhand will vote for the 81-member Assembly.
In Karnataka, the party has already won 12 of the fifteen seats that went to the polls. Party's Chief Minister Yeddyurappa required just 6 more seats for a majority in the 224-member Assembly in which the party had 105 MLAs already.
The Karnataka by-elections, too, will have ripple effect in the ongoing Jharkhand election, where surveys predict a hung Assembly, and in poll-bound Delhi. The Karnataka victory, thus, assumes significance, so much so that Congress leader D.K. Sivakumar had to reluctantly concede that Kernataka has chosen "defectors".
Siddaramaiah resigns as Congress legislative party chief and leader of opposition##Siddaramaiah resigns as Congress legislative party chief and leader of opposition
BJP opens maiden account in Vokkaliga bastion of Mandya##BJP opens maiden account in Vokkaliga bastion of Mandya
The ruling BJP in Karnataka on Monday scripted history by recording its first ever win in the Vokkaliga bastion of Mandya district. It was also a dream come true for Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. The Amit Shah-led party also opened its account in Chikkaballapura and Gokak assembly segments in the December five bypolls, the results of which were declared on Monday. BJP candidate Narayana Gowda defeated B L Devaraj of JDS by over 9,700 votes in K R Pete of Mandya district, that has been dominated by Congress and JD(S) for decades, and BJP had no presence. Gowda is one among the three disqualified JD(S) legislators who the BJP had fielded as its candidate in the bypolls. (PTI)
Siddaramaiah resigns as Opposition leader##Siddaramaiah resigns as Opposition leader
Following the rout of Congress in the Karnataka Assembly bypolls, Siddaramaiah resigns as opposition leader. Meanwhile, Dinesh Gundu Rao, too, resigns as the president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee. However, the party has not accepted their resignations yet. Both the senior leaders will address a press conference soon.
JD-S faces total rout in Karnataka bypolls##JD-S faces total rout in Karnataka bypolls
Karnataka's regional party Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) is facing a total rout in the state Assembly bypolls, as it failed to open account even in the 12 seats it contested on December 5 separately.
The JD-S, which won 36 seats in the May 2018 Assembly elections, came to power in the southern state after 12 years in a post-poll alliance with the Congress, which allowed H.D. Kumaraswamy to become the chief minister for the second time.
Resignation of 14 Congress and three JD-S rebel legislators in mid-July, however, led to the fall of the 14-month-old fledgling coalition government on July 23 after Kumaraswamy lost the confidence vote in the 225-member Assembly.
Like its former ally (Congress), the JD-S won only one Lok Sabha seat ,Hassan, in the April-May general elections though it contested in 7 of the 28 seats in the state in a pre-poll alliance with the former.
Modi hails Karnataka bypolls results, says Congress taught a lesson##Modi hails Karnataka bypolls results, says Congress taught a lesson
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the bypoll results in Karnataka and said that those who formed the government through backdoor ignoring people's mandate have been taught a lesson. The Prime Minister was speaking at a rally in Jharkhand's Hazaribagh on Monday.
"The Karnataka bypoll results is answer to the Congress which grabbed the power through backdoor. It is also answer to all states where mandate of people has been ignored," said Modi.
He further said, "People have responded through democratic way. Today bypoll results have decided who would rule Karnataka. The BJP was given mandate but Congress hatched a conspiracy and grabbed the power from backdoor. It is the old habit of the Congress to play behind the curtain. People have now punished them. People have chosen a stable and strong government for development of Karnataka".
The BJP is heading for a landslide victory in Karnataka Assembly by-elections, as it is ahead in 12 of the 15 seats it contested on December 5, as the final result is yet to be declared.
"The people of Jharkhand should also learn from Karnataka. The situation like Karnataka should not crop up in Jharkhand after the polls. The Congress has never believed in coalition politics. They have treated allies like puppets in lieu of support," Modi further said.
"If there is a hung Assembly, Jharkhand will witness Karnataka like situation", Modi warned.
Karnataka bypoll results tally: BJP wins 12 seats, Congress 2, JSD draws blank##Karnataka bypoll results tally: BJP wins 12 seats, Congress 2, JSD draws blank
The final tally of Karnataka Assembly bypoll results stands as:
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa: We can give now a pro-people, stable govt##Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa: We can give now a pro-people, stable govt
Karnataka bypolls: BJP wins 2, leads in 10, Congress 2##Karnataka bypolls: BJP wins 2, leads in 10, Congress 2
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is heading for a landslide victory in Karnataka's Assembly by-elections, as it won two seats and is leading in 10 others of the 15 seats it contested on December 5, an official said on Monday.
"The BJP has won Yellapur and Chikkaballapur seats and is leading in 10 seats, while the Congress is ahead in 2 seats and an Independent leading in one seat. The regional party Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) is trailing behind both the national parties," poll official G. Jadiyappa told IANS.
BJP's A. Shivaram Hebbar defeated Bhimanna Naik of the Congress in Yellapur by over 31,000 votes.
Though Hebbar defected to the BJP from the Congress, he retained the seat for the fourth time in the state's coastal Uttar Kannada district.
K. Sudhakar of the BJP won the prestigious Chikkaballapur seat, defeating M. Anjappa of the Congress by 34,801 votes. Sudhakar retained the seat even after defecting from the Congress to the BJP.
The ruling party is leading in Athani, Kagwad, Gokak, Hirekuru, Vijayanagar, Ranibennur, K.R. Pura, Mahalakshmi Layout, Yeshvanthpura and Krishnarajapete.
The opposition Congress is leading in Hunasuru in Mysuru district and Shivajinagar in Bengaluru central.
Karnataka results give strong message to Congress, says PM Modi in Jharkhand##Karnataka results give strong message to Congress, says PM Modi in Jharkhand
People of Karnataka taught Congress a lesson, says PM Modi in Jharkhand campaign rally##People of Karnataka taught Congress a lesson, says PM Modi in Jharkhand campaign rally
Meanwhile, at an election rally in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to the Congress-JD(S) rout in the Karnataka Assembly by-election. He said, "Today, after the results of Karnataka bypolls, those who cheated the mandate of the people, have got their answers from voters in a democratic manner. Whether the BJP will be in power in Karnataka or not was to be decided today. People have punished the Congress there. This is a message for all the states in India that whoever will go against the mandate will insult the people and the voters will eventually teach them a lesson."
Karnataka bypolls results: BJP wins 12, Congress 2, Independent wins 1##Karnataka bypolls results: BJP wins 12, Congress 2, Independent wins 1
The BJP has won all 12 constituencies in which they were leading, while the Congress has bagged just two seats, as per News18. BJP rebel and independent candidate Sharat Bachegowda won the only other seat at stake, the TV channel added.