Cong-JD(S) trounces BJP 4-1 in Karnataka polls
The victories with huge margins came as a Diwali gift and a shot in the arm for the nearly six-month-old alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls after facing frequent questions about its longevity
Karnataka's ruling JD(S)-Congress alliance on Tuesday won a crucial endorsement trouncing the BJP 4-1 in by-elections for three Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats with the victory in Ballari ending the saffron rival's 14-year vice-like grip on this parliamentary constituency.
The victories with huge margins came as a Diwali gift and a shot in the arm for the nearly six-month-old alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls after facing frequent questions about its longevity.
The alliance led by JD(S) leader and Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy won Ballari and Mandya Lok Sabha seats as well as both the Assembly seats — Ramanagara and Jamkhandi. Kumaraswamy's wife Anitha won from Ramanagara, near Bangalore. It was a sort of a consolation win for the BJP when it managed to hold on to the Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat.
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