Congress wins Jayanagar seat, Pushes its tally in Karnataka

RSTV Bureau
Bengaluru: File photo of Congress workers in celebration mood. PTI

Bengaluru: File photo of Congress workers in celebration mood.
PTI

The Congress added to his its tally in Karnataka by winning Jayanagar assembly seat on Wednesday. The polling for the seat was postponed after the death of BJP candidate BN VIjaykumar. Congress’ Sowmya Reddy has reportedly won by over 2,800 votes defeating BJP’s BN Prahlad.

Congress, which won 78 seats in assembly polls and returned to power allying with the JD(S), has now won both the seats where the scheduled voting was postponed.

Congress candidate Sowmya Reddy, daughter of senior Congress leader and former minister Ramalinga Reddy, led from the initial rounds, though her lead margin reduced in the last few rounds.

It is a first election in the state fought by the ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance after it struck a long-term deal last week to even contest 2019 Lok Sabha together.

55% polling was recorded in the Jayangar Assembly constituency where elections were held on June 11.

In all, nineteen candidates are in the fray. Ahead of the polls, Janata Dal(S) had on June 5 pulled out its candidate from the contest and extended the party’s support to its ruling coalition partner, the Congress.

Congress had also won the recent election to the Rajarajeshwari Nagar Assembly seat, where the polling was suspended following a controversy after the recovery of more than 10 thousand voter ID cards.

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