Bengaluru, June 13: The Congress on Wednesday won the election in Bengaluru’s Jayanagar constituency.
Congress candidate Sowmya Reddy defeated BJP’s BN Prahlad by nearly 3000 votes.
With this victory, the Congress now has 79 seats in the Karnataka assembly.
The election was countermanded after the death of BJP candidate B.N. Vijayakumar.
BJP has fielded his brother B.N. Prahalad. Former state home minister Ramalinga Reddy’s daughter Sowmya Reddy is the Congress candidate.
On the related note, although Karnataka went to polls on May 12, elections in Jayanagar constituency was postponed to June 11.
Counting of votes for the 222 of the 224 assembly seats in Karnataka held on May 15.
In the state assembly election, though the Bharatiya Janata Party emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, the Congress party with 78 seats and JD(S) with 37 seats, along with two independent candidates, stitched up a post-poll alliance with a total strength of 117 MLAs.
Even though the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the saffron party to form the government with a time period of 15 days to prove their majority on the floor of the house, the Supreme Court in an interim order directed the floor test to be held in just two days, even after Yeddyurappa had sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state.
Failed to garner the required number of votes to form Government in the state, Yeddyurappa resigned as the Chief Minister ahead top court-ordered floor test on May 19.
Following this, ending the 10-day political turmoil in the southern state, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy won the floor test after 117 MLAs voted in his favour May 26.