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Congress' Sowmya Reddy wins Jayanagar bypoll, party now has 80 seats in the assembly

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 13, Jun 2018, 15:24 pm IST | UPDATED: 20, Jun 2018, 11:30 am IST

Congress' Sowmya Reddy wins Jayanagar bypoll, party now has 80 seats in the assembly Bengaluru: The Congress on Wednesday won the Jayanagar assembly seat in the city by a margin of more than 2,800 votes, wresting it from the BJP. Congress now has 80 seats in the assembly.

According to election officials, Congress’ Sowmya Reddy secured 54,457 votes against her nearest rival from the BJP, B N Prahlad, who managed 51,568 votes.

Assembly elections were held across the state on May 12, but the polling on Jayanagar seat was countermanded owing to the death of BJP candidate B N Vijayakumar, who was holding the constituency.

The bypoll was held on June 11.

Prahlad, brother of Vijaykumar, and senior Congress leader and former minister Ramalinga Reddy’s daughter Sowmya Reddy were locked in a direct contest.

Ahead of the polling, the Janata Dal (Secular) had on June 5 pulled out its candidate from the contest and extended the party’s support to its ruling coalition partner, the Congress.

This was the first election after the JD(S)-Congress combine came to power in the state in which they put up a united fight against the BJP.

Both Congress and JD(S) had fielded candidates against each other, despite being coalition partners, in the recent election to the Rajarajeshwari Nagar Assembly seat in the city.

Congress’s Munirathna had won the seat, relegating the JD(S) candidate to a distant third behind the BJP.

The counting of votes for the 222 of the 224 assembly seats in the Karnataka state assembly took place on May 15. While the BJP had emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, the Congress and JD(S) won 78 and 37 seats respectively.

However, the Congress and the JD(S) joined hands to form a coalition government after days of drama.
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