It is a crucial election for the Congress

Lotus withering Congress fares better than BJP in Karnataka MLC polls
news Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 12:06

The Congress's victory in the just concluded polls to the Legislative Council is a major shot in the arm for not just the party, but also Chief Minister Siddaramaiah himself. 

By noon, the Congress had won four seats while the BJP had won one of the 25 seats to local body representatives in the Legislative Council which went to polls on Sunday. Five of these seats are Vijayapura, Dharwad, Mysuru-Chamarajnagar, Dakshina Kannada, Belagavi. The terms of these candidates were to complete in January.

At 1 pm, the Congress was leading in 14 seats, BJP in 5, JDS in 1 and others in 1.

Congress 

 
WinnerConstituency
M NarayanswamyBangalore City 
S RaviBangalore Rural
Vijay SinghBidar
SL GhotnekarUttara Kannada
Pratap Chandra ShettyUdupi Dakshina Kannada
KC Kondaiah Ballari
Basavaraj Patil ItagiRaichur 
Shirinivas ManeDharwad (dual) 
Raghu AcharChitradurga 
Gopal SwamyHassan
DharmasenaMysuru-Chamarajnagar (dual) 
R PrasannakumarShivamogga
SR PatilVijayapura-Bagalkot (dual)
TOTAL13

BJP

Winner Constituency
Sunil SubrahmanyaKodagu
Kota Srinivas PoojaryUdupi-Dakshina Kannada 
MK PraneshChikmgalur
Pradeep ShettarDharwad (dual) 
Mahantesh KavatagiBelagavi (dual)
BG PatilKalaburgi
TOTAL6

JDS

WinnerConstituency
Sandesh NagarajMysuru-Chamarajnagar
Appaji GowdaMandya
SR ManoharKolar 
KantharajTumakuru
TOTAL4

Independent

WinnerConstituency
Vivekrao PatilBelagavi (dual)
  
TOTAL2

 

(These are provisional results. Official confirmation from the ECI is awaited.)

Counting in some seats such as Tumakuru began very late as there were delays in several counting booths.

The council elections are important for the Congress party especially for Siddaramaiah as the party is beholden to the Opposition in Upper House as its strength is poor. Currently, the Congress has 28 seats in the Council while the BJP has 30 and the JDS 12.

With 25 seats in the 75-member house going to polls, the Congress hopes to win around 15 seats, which would improve its tally in the Upper House.

(This is a developing story and will be updated)

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