The by-election results, which is going to announce on Tuesday, of Shivamogga, Ballari and Mandya Lok Sabha constituencies and Ramanagara and Jamkhandi Assembly constituencies are said to be an acid test for both Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy and former BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa.
The bypolls results are also considered a ‘prelude’ to the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. Out of the five, the result of Shivamogga constituency seem to be more important for both Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and former CM B S Yeddyurappa. For Kumaraswamy, if the JD(S)-Congress alliance candidate Madhu Bangarappa wins in the stronghold of BJP, the victory may ensure the stability of the government besides strengthening the JD(S) base here, which is otherwise struggling to have a strong presence in the district.
Repeated taunts of BJP leaders that the government would fall after Tuesday has angered Kumaraswamy and Congress leaders. Hence, to defeat the BJP, Kumaraswamy campaigned extensively in the constituency. If Madhu wins, Kumaraswamy will be a relieved man, as he will enjoy the credit of humiliating Yeddyurappa on his turf.
If BJP’s B Y Raghavendra, the son of Yeddyurappa, wins, the victory will again make Yeddyurappa unstoppable in the party, besides silencing his critics within as well as outside. He was among other leaders of the BJP who campaigned aggressively in the constituency for many days. UNI