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Shivamogga: BJP's B Y Raghavendra defeats Madhu Bangarappa after tough fight

Daijiworld Media Network - Shivamogga (DC)

Shivamogga, Nov 6: BJP's B Y Raghavendra, the son of former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa defeated JD(S)' Madhu Bangarappa by more than 50,000 votes in Shivamogga by-polls.

B Y Raghavendra polled 5,43,306 votes while Madhu Bangarappa polled 4,91,158 votes. Mahima Patel from JD(U) garnered 5,278 votes. 

Out of five Assembly and Lok Sabha by-polls, the BJP has managed to win only in Shivamogga. Madhu Bangarappa however gave a tough fight and has managed to get close to 4 lac votes.

B Y Raghavendra and Madhu Bangarappa

Shivamogga was earlier held by BJP's B S Yeddyurappa who resigned after the last Assembly elections after he was elected as MLA.

This election is termed as semi-final before the 2019 general elections as both state’s ruling Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance and the Bharathiya Janata Party are contesting for the seats. While it is a battle for pride in the three Lok Sabha seats of Ballari, Mandya and Shivamogga, the assembly seat results could either reinforce or weaken the Congress-JD(S) alliance’s majority in the state.

While the BJP put up candidates in all five seats, the Congress-JD(S) alliance worked out a seat-sharing arrangement as a result of which the Congress is contesting one parliamentary and assembly seat and the JD(S) the rest three.

Emerging as the single largest party after assembly elections, BJP won 104 of the 224 seats but failed to form the government.


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