Congress Candidate Sowmya Reddy Wins Jayanagar Bypoll In Karnataka

| June 13 , 2018 , 12:38 IST

Congress candidate Sowmya Reddy emerged winner as counting ended on Wednesday for the bypoll conducted in the Jayanagar assembly constituency in Karnataka's south Bangalore region. With Reddy's win, the Congress now has 80 seats in the Karnataka assembly.

A total of 19 candidates had been in the fray for the Jayanagar constituency which was left vacant after the death of BJP candidate BN Vijayakumar just days before the state went to polls on May 12.

According to reports, a total voter percentage of 55 was noted in the voting conducted peacefully on Monday. For the bypoll, the BJP has fielded the deceased MLA's brother BN Prahlad while the Congress retained its original candidate, former minister Ramalinga Reddy’s daughter R Sowmya Reddy for the seat.

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D B Natesh, assistant commissioner (elections), said: “We are pleased with the way the polls went off. Jayanagar doesn’t always put up a good show in terms of numbers, but this time a large number of people, who don’t usually vote, seem to have exercised their franchise.”

The results of the Karnataka state assembly elections had resulted in a fractured mandate, with BJP emerging as the single largest party with 104 seats, while the Congress and the JD(S) joined together in a post-poll alliance to form the government under JD(S)'s H D Kumaraswamy.

Despite the post-poll alliance proving their majority, there have been reports of diffidence within the ranks of the allies, especially regarding allocation of portfolios. While reports of rotational chief minister have been rejected, the various ministers may face rotations.