BJP wins Sindagi, while Congress wrests Hangal
In a setback to the ruling BJP in Karnataka, Congress snatched the Hangal Assembly constituency from the ruling party with a margin of over 7,500 votes. The Congress candidate defeated its nearest rival BJP in Karnataka by a comfortable margin.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai hails from the same district and his Shiggaov constituency borders with Hanagal, hence the Hangal constituency contest was crucial for him. He had camped in the constituency for seven days.
The Congress candidate, Srinivas Mane, secured 87,113 votes against his nearest rival BJP’s Shivaraj Sajjanar who got 79,513 votes. Srinivas Mane had claimed in the campaigns that he worked hard for the people during the Covid crisis and during floods. This seems to have worked in his favour.
However, according to sources, the BJP’s decision to sideline former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and his son B S Vijayendra might have affected the prospects of the BJP. The party took too much time to announce its candidate.
On the other hand, The ruling BJP has registered a thumping victory in the Sindagi Assembly seat in Karnataka’s Vijayanagar district on Tuesday. Ramesh Bhoosanur, the BJP candidate has defeated the nearest rival Congress candidate by a whopping margin of 31,185 votes.
Bhoosanur explained the good work of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, and incumbent Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had enabled his victory.
Ashok Mane, the Congress candidate managed to get 62,292 votes, while JD(S) candidate Nazia Angadi received only 4,321 votes.
D K Shivakumar, President of the state Congress is satisfied with getting 62,292 votes and securing second place. He said, “We are satisfied with the performance. By next elections, Congress will make a stronger comeback.”
Opposition leader Siddaramaiah said: “We had expected a tough fight in Sindagi constituency. Our expectations could not materialize and we have lost by a huge margin.
The Congress party which was in the third position now has managed to come to the second position.
The by-elections were necessitated as the seats fell vacant following the death of Sindgi JD (S) legislator M C Managuli and BJP’s C M Udasi from Hangal.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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