Lotus withering? Congress fares better than BJP in Karnataka MLC polls

It is a crucial election for the Congress
Lotus withering? Congress fares better than BJP in Karnataka MLC polls
Lotus withering? Congress fares better than BJP in Karnataka MLC polls
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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.


Winner Constituency
M Narayanswamy Bangalore City 
S Ravi Bangalore Rural
Vijay Singh Bidar
SL Ghotnekar Uttara Kannada
Pratap Chandra Shetty Udupi Dakshina Kannada
KC Kondaiah  Ballari
Basavaraj Patil Itagi Raichur 
Shirinivas Mane Dharwad (dual) 
Raghu Achar Chitradurga 
Gopal Swamy Hassan
Dharmasena Mysuru-Chamarajnagar (dual) 
R Prasannakumar Shivamogga
SR Patil Vijayapura-Bagalkot (dual)


Winner  Constituency
Sunil Subrahmanya Kodagu
Kota Srinivas Poojary Udupi-Dakshina Kannada 
MK Pranesh Chikmgalur
Pradeep Shettar Dharwad (dual) 
Mahantesh Kavatagi Belagavi (dual)
BG Patil Kalaburgi


Winner Constituency
Sandesh Nagaraj Mysuru-Chamarajnagar
Appaji Gowda Mandya
SR Manohar Kolar 
Kantharaj Tumakuru


Winner Constituency
Vivekrao Patil Belagavi (dual)

(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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