BJP downplays JD(S)-Cong victory in Karnataka bypolls

BJP downplays JD(S)-Cong victory in Karnataka bypolls

New Delhi, Nov 6: The BJP on Tuesday downplayed the gains made by the JD-S-Congress coalition, which won on four out of five seats that went for the bypolls in Karnataka - two Lok Sabha and two Assembly constituencies .

Reacting to the results, the party said that the outcome of the bypolls would not have any bearing on the coming assembly elections in five states and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Talking to a TV channel, national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP G V L Narasimha Rao said ,'if any political party thinks that winning by-polls is like winning real elections then they are sadly mistaken.'

Exhibiting the power of joint fight against the BJP, Congress and Janata Dal(S), coalition Government in Karnataka, made major inroads into BJP territory winning two out of three Lok Sabha seats and both the Assembly segments which went to by-elections on November 3.

While Congress scored a major win in Ballari wresting the LS seat from BJP in its bastion, and also won from Jamkhandi Assembly segment, JD(S) retained its LS seat of Mandya and Ramanagara Assembly segment.

The BJP had to be content with the solitary win in Shivamogga parliamentary seat. The win for the coalition partners in Ballari Parliamentary seat, a BJP stronghold where U S Ugrappa of Congress defeated J Shanta of BJP by a thumping margin of 2,14,826 vote, was the biggest win for the coalition partners.

Congress thus ended the nearly two-decade BJP reign in the mineral rich district. (UNI)