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Ruling BJP trounced opposition candidates in the Assembly by elections

Ruling BJP trounced opposition candidates in the Assembly by elections

Bengaluru, Dec 9 (UNI) The Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka, had made a strong inroad into the Opposition bastions, by bagging a majority of as many as 12 of its candidates, were declared elected among the 15 constituencies, at the end of the counting of votes here on Monday.

While the BJP had won, Athani, Kagawada, Gokak, Vijayanagara, Hirekerur, Ranebennur, K R Puram, K R Pet, Yallapura, Chikkaballapura, Mahalakshmi Layout and Yeshvanthpur Assembly seats, the Opposition Congress had bagged the Shivajinagar and Hunasuru and the lone independent candidate had bagged the Hosakote, seat.

The Independent MLAs, Sharath Bachegowda, who had bagged the Hosakote Assembly seat, had declared his support to the BJP.

With winning maximum number of 12 seats among the 15 seats it had contested, the ruling BJP had increased its tally in the Karnataka Assembly to 117 while the Congress strength reduced to 68 followed by the JD(S) 34.

The BJP which came to power following the resignation of as many as 17 sitting, Congress and the JD(S) MLAs, had formed the government in July this year, with the support of an independent candidate, had managed to secure a simple majority of its own now.

The Karnataka Assembly speaker, Ramesh Kumar had disqualified as many as 17 MLAs, who had resigned to their assembly seats, invoking the provisions of the Anti Defection Act, in July this year.

Chief minister B S Yediyurappa, who had promised cabinet berths to all the MLAs, who had crossed over to BJP, is expected to rejig his four-month-old Government in the state and is expected to visit New Delhi and meet the party leaders.


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