Cong wrests Jayana­gar as­sem­bly seat from BJP

Financial Chronicle - - FUNDAMENTALS, POLITICS -

BEN­GALURU: The Congress on Wed­nes­day won the Jayana­gar as­sem­bly seat in the city by a mar­gin of more than 2,800 votes, wrest­ing it from the BJP.

Ac­cord­ing to elec­tion of­fi­cials, Congress’ Sowmya Reddy se­cured 54,457 votes against her near­est ri­val from the BJP, BN Prahlad, who man­aged 51,568 votes.

As­sem­bly elec­tions were held across the state on May 12, but the polling on Jayana­gar seat was coun­ter­manded ow­ing to the death of BJP can­di­date BN Vi­jayaku­mar, who was hold­ing the con­stituency. The by­poll was held on June 11.

Prahlad, brother of Vi­jayku­mar, and se­nior Congress leader and for­mer min­is­ter Ra­ma­linga Reddy’s daugh­ter Sowmya Reddy were locked in a direct con­test.

Ahead of the polling, the Janata Dal (Sec­u­lar) had on June 5 pulled out its can­di­date from the con­test and ex­tended sup­port to its rul­ing coali­tion part­ner, the Congress. This was the first elec­tion af­ter the JD(S)Congress com­bine came to power in the state in which they put up a united fight against the BJP.

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’ Mu­ni­rathna had won the seat, rel­e­gat­ing the JD(S) can­di­date to a dis­tant third be­hind the BJP. PTI

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