The Congress defeated the BJP to win the Jayanagar Assembly election seat on Wednesday, taking the party’s tally in the Karnataka House to 80 and in Bengaluru to 15 of the 28 Assembly seats.
Congress candidate Sowmya Reddy, the daughter of former minister Ramalinga Reddy, defeated BJP’s BN Prahlad by a margin of over 2,800 votes.
The Congress got 54,457 votes, while the BJP got 51,568 votes. Fifty-five per cent polling was recorded in the Jayanagar Assembly constituency on June 11.
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara congratulated Reddy for her win. “A heartfelt thank you goes to the voters who saw the future in @INCKarnataka. With this impactful win, we have now conquered 15 out of 28 Assembly seats in Bengaluru,” he added.
Elections to the Karnataka Assembly were held on May 12, but poll in Jayanagar was deferred to June 11 following the death of BJP candidate BN Vijayakumar, who was holding the seat. Prahlad and Vijayakumar were brothers.
Apart from the Jayanagar constituency, elections to Rajarajeshwari Nagar assembly seat in Bengaluru were also postponed after the Election Commission recovered nearly 10,000 voter IDs from an apartment in the constituency. Results to the seat were announced on May 31. The Congress and JD(S), despite being in coalition by then, fielded their own candidates. Congress’ Munirathna won the seat, leaving the JD(S) candidate to a distant third, behind BJP.
In Jayanagar, BJP’s B N Prahlad, brother of Vijayakumar, and senior Congress leader and former minister Ramalinga Reddy’s daughter Sowmya Reddy were locked in a direct contest for the seat.
The JD(S), which had initially fielded Kalegowda for the seat, had withdrawn its candidate and extended support to Sowmya. This was the first election that the parties, which have announced that they will fight the 2019 Lok Sabha polls together, fought together.
The Congress stitched up a post-poll alliance with the JD(S) to come to power in the state on May 15, when counting of votes was held. Congress had won 78 seats, while the JD(S) bagged 37 in the 224-member House. The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party, had won 104.
The BJP, which emerged the single largest party, failed to raise the numbers needed to form government and its leader BS Yeddyurappa resigned after three days as chief minister. JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy was sworn in as chief minister on May 24.