Karnatka Byelections 2018: Congress-JD (S) alliance set to clinch 4 out of 5 seats
Kashmir News Trust Web Desk
Bengaluru: The Congress-JDS alliance has taken huge leads in four out of five seats that went to bypolls. The alliance is leading in Ballari and Mandya parliamentary seats. It is also leading in Jamkhandi and Ramanagara assembly seats. The BJP is leading in Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituency. Congress leader P Chidambaram has reacted to the alliance's performance, saying the coalition has delivered.
Out of the three parliamentary constituencies, the BJP held two, while the JDS one. The BJP holds Shivamogga, which is a stronghold of its state chief BS Yeddyurappa.
It is a matter of prestige for both the BJP and the ruling Congress-JDS alliance after the assembly election in the state. It was a loss of face for the BJP as the Congress and JDS entered a late alliance to deprive it from forming the government despite being the single largest party. The good performance in bypolls is a boost for the ruling Congress-JDS alliance in the state, which was facing questions of longevity.
In 2014, the BJP had won 17 of Karnataka's 23 parliamentary seats. The Congress won 9 and HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal Secular 2 seats. The BJP won 104 of the 224 seats in the assembly election in May.