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BJP sweeps Karnataka By-Polls; wins 12 out of 15 seats

The BJP’s win in 12 of the15 seats where byelection results were declared has made the 4 month old Yedyurappa govt secure; With this win, the party’s numbers will go up from 105 to 117, which is well ahead of the halfway mark of 111 in a 223-member Assembly.

The ruling BJP has retained majority in the Karnataka Assembly as it bagged 12  of the 15 seats in the byelections. The BJP’s good show in 12 seats comes as a morale booster as party workers and leaders came out on the streets across the state to celebrate.

The BJP needed to win at least six of the 15 seats to remain in a majority in the 225-member assembly (including the Speaker, who has a casting vote), which would still have two vacant seats – Maski and R R Nagar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing a poll meeting in Jharkhand, hailed the BJP’s performance and accused the Congress of stealing the people’s mandate in Karnataka through the back door, contending it has been taught a lesson in the just-concluded bypolls.

CM BS Yedyurappa assured a stable and dedicated govt for the remaining tenure of his govt. Yedyurappa further sought theopposition’s support for fulfillment of his govt agenda for the welfare of the people.

Meanwhile, the Congress party is in disarray after the results. 12 of the seats that went to the polls were with the Congress and the shock defeat led to state party chief Siddharamaiah to resign.

Former PM HD Deve Gowda’s JDs lost all 12 of the seats where they had nominated candidates. JD(S) that had won three seats in the previous elections drew a blank.

The by-polls were held to fill the vacancies caused by the disqualification of 17 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs, whose revolt led to the collapse of the 14-month-old H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in July and paved the way for the BJP to come to power.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa won the confidence motion on July 29 and the results of these bypolls now ensure that his govt is secure and safe for the rest of its tenure.


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