Karnataka bypolls for 15 seats was held on December 5. Karnataka had to go to by-polls as rebel MLAs from JDS and INC resigned. The strength of the assembly will be 222, post the polls. Find out more about Karnataka assembly bypoll results.
11 rebel MLAs except for MTB AH Vishwanath (Hunsur ) and MTB Nagaraj (Hoskote) has won the polls again from BJP ticket.
Karnataka Assembly Bypoll Results – At A Glance
BJP – 12 Seats
INC – 2 Seats
JD(S) – 0 Seat
Independent (JD(S) backed) – 1 Seat
Total -15 Seats
Karnataka Assembly By-Election Results – Party Wise Vote Share
BJP – 50.32%
BSP – 0.09%
JD(S) – 11.90%
INC – 31.50%
NCP – 0.02%
NOTA – 0.94%
Other – 5.23%
At present, BJP has 105 legislators in the assembly and enjoys the support of one independent MLA, taking its strength to 106. This election was crucial for BJP, which needed to win at least six seats to ensure simple majority in legislative Assembly.
With this victory in by-elections, Karnataka Chief minister Yeddyurappa is set to consolidate his power. He is prepared to complete three-and-a-half-years of his term.
In this by-elections, BJP has made in-roads in Vokkaliga (land holding community) stronghold districts of Mandya and Chikkaballapura. In other constituencies, the party, which was struggling against the Congress all these years, has won this time.
What was surprising is that the JDS, despite having a strong base in the Old Mysore region, drew a blank except putting-up a tough battle in Yeshwantpur and supporting the Independent in Hoskote.
The By-elections was necessitated following the resignation of 17 MLAs (14 from Congress and three from JDS) to join the BJP. In 13 of the 15 seats, the BJP fielded Congress-JDS turncoats.
‘Beyond considerations of caste’
Elated Chief Minsiter B S Yediyurappa’s son BY Vijayendra said that the party’s performance is a clear indication of the will of the people of the region who have gone “beyond considerations of caste” and supported the BJP.
While Senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar said the party accepts the will of the people. “It is sad that the people have expressed their support for defections. This means defections can happen from any party to any party in future, not just to BJP. People have said that is not an issue for them.”