Bengaluru: Bypoll - in defeat, BJP has a brighter side to cheer in Mandya

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, Nov 8: In the battle of bypoll between coalition partners, Congress and JD(S) with BJP, the coalition came up trumps. For BJP, it was a bitter drubbing at the hustings. However, the saffron party has reason to celebrate as it could take its tally of votes in Mandya Lok Sabha constituency from 86,993 votes in 2014 to 2, 44,377 this year, which is almost a three-fold increase in terms of votes polled.

The party also has another plus point as its vote base has increased in pockets where Raitha Sangha had solid ground.

Shivarame Gowda from JDS (right) being greeted by Dr Siddaramaiah (left) and minister D C Thammanna

Defeated BJP candidate, Dr Siddaramaiah, is elated at this feat. He did not try to hide his glee and distributed sweets to party workers for making it possible to reach this level. It is said that BJP had expected to get 1.25 lac votes in this Vokkaliga-dominated constituency where caste factor reigns supreme.

BJP had asked former deputy chief minister, R Ashok, a Vokkaliga himself, and MLC, Ashwathanarayana Gowda, to contest from Mandya Lok Sabha constituency. However, they were not confident enough. Therefore, it selected Dr Siddaramaiah, a former revenue officer and son of a former Mandya MLA, as its candidate here. Dr Siddaramaiah, in spite of being fresher to politics, has proved his mettle at his first try.

Dr Siddaramaiah travelled to the length and breadth of the constituency and moved with the people. He has friendly relationship with everyone including leaders of other parties. Dr Siddaramaiah mostly managed the entire electioneering alone although Ashok and Ashwathanarayana also supported him, with Yeddyurappa touring the constituency only once.

The message that BJP could make inroads into a constituency where it was not a power to reckon with in the past, and where Congress and JD(S) were fighting together this time, has sounded warning bells among the other two parties. The leaders have noted that the voters are slowly tilting towards BJP, a phenomenon not seen in the previous elections.

It is said that BJP leadership may field Dr Siddaramaiah again in the next year's Lok Sabha election if JD(S) chooses to field Kumaraswamy's son, Nikhil Kumaraswamy or any other candidate who is not well-established in this constituency.


Comment on this article

  • Cyril, Managlore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Laddo kaho, Peda kaho, Bool Jaho,
    Time has come to disappear.

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  • Tilak, Blore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    OK.. good luck.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Jds and congress will be thrown out from India

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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    kya haalath hogi hei Congress Party ke... One of the biggest party of the nation, struggling joining hands with local parties and still struggling for his survival. Still not realising what's the reasons for the collapse or failure. Looking and pointing issues in BJP and Modi where as they don't have any ground anywhere in the country. All these minor wins are at very zonal level and with the local party's alliance. as some one mentioned, may be we will not see this party at all....may die off after 2019 election in which it's going to be washed out from Indian Politics.

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  • GD, Udupi

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Preloaded EVMs are ready for 2019 that's the reason for the cheering.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    If congress wins... Eg. Bellary then not because of evm? Genuine win?
    How man?

    Look here.. There is nothing like evm win... All bjp or congress wins because people polled them ok..

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    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    only for the power hunger khangi joined hands with appamakkala party jds its temporary victory for khangi . soon kahngi will dance to the music jds . if this govt continued till 5 year next election is JDS VS BJP.

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Brighter side in next Loksabha 2019 through EVM
    Cheer on now onwards

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  • Pai, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    El En Tea, Mumbai
    haha. EVM blaming again. haha

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Fri, Nov 9 2018

    Settings adjustments can be done no, not possible?

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  • Charan, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    All said and done, its Cong who is going to lose badly in the long run. The party will have no identity, just wait and watch,

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Some Politicians are Shameless ...

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  • John Tauro, M'luru / Kwt

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Yes shameless, they join hands with any Tom, Dick and Harry for the sake of power.

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