In Karnataka, the ruling Congress-Jantata Dal Secular alliance has won four seats out of the five, where by-poll 2018 was held. The Ballari and Mandya Parliamentary seats in addition to Jamkhandi and Ramanagara Assembly seats the Congress-JDS combine won. The BJP candidate won Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituency.
Expressing his happiness about the poll outcome, Congress leader P Chidambaram said that the coalition has delivered. Out of the three Parliamentary constituencies, the BJP held two and JDS one and it also holds the prestigious Shivamogga, the stronghold of its State Chief, BS Yeddyurappa.
Loss of Face for BJP
This by-election is all the more important both for the ruling dispensation of Karnataka as well as the BJP after the Assembly polls, said the NDTV report and added that it was a loss of face for the BJP as the Congress-JDS entered into a late coalition to deprive the BJP from forming the Government despite being the single largest party, noted the report. The positive outcome in the by-elections is a shot-in-the-arm for the ruling Congress-JDS alliance in Karnataka, when its longevity was seen with scepticism.
It may be recalled that in 2014, the BJP had won 17 of the 20 Parliamentary seats in the south Indian state of Karnataka, while the Congress won nine and HD Kumaraswamy’s JDS two seats. What is more, the BJP won 104 of the 224 Assembly seats in the election held in May this year.
Yaddyurappa said, “We will introspect the results of Ballari and move ahead. Nevertheless, we are confident that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be completely ours.” Earlier, he also accused the Congress-JDS alliance of indulging in rampant misuse of official machinery, while liquor and money was also distributed. At the same time, Yeddyurappa accepted the verdict of the people in this by-election with all humility. Reacting to the poll outcome, Kumaraswamy complimented Congress and added that the former had supported him and so in his personal capacity, it was his duty to support the Congress as well. Terming Rahul Gandhi as innocent politician, he said, “In my interactions with him in the last few months, Rahul came across as very innocent. He has been truthful and honest with me.”
Kumaraswamy also said that the people across India are blessing their alliances. “If you see by-polls across the country, wherever there is a BJP versus alliance battle, the BJP has lost. With our unity and the blessings of the people, we are destined to win”, he said and added that when it came to money power, no other political party could compete with the BJP. “They havve much more money than any other party”, he added.
Modi Wave will not hold water anymore
Stating that the Modi wave do not hold water anymore, Kumaraswamy pointed out, “In 2014, the scenario was different. The country was new to Modi. The people thought that Modi would change the whole country and the whole system. Nevertheless, Modi also made several promises, but after 4.5 years, people have seen what he is capable of. They now know that they are voting for. So the Modi wave factor has completely changed. Modi will not survive 2019.” While concluding, Kumaraswamy hailed the verdict as a ‘Moral Victory” for the Congress-JDS alliance.