“Agricultural workers are migrating to cities for coolie work. If it was not for the free rice scheme of the previous Congress government, people would have starved,” says Mohan Kumar, 52, a member of the Honavalli panchayat.
With Tuesday's victory, the Congress-JD(S) alliance's tally will go up to 120 seats in the 224 member assembly where the BJP has 104 MLAs. An estimated 67 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the bypolls.
Even though Congress had won 78 seats after the results were declared on May 15 following the state elections, its strength in the assembly was reduced to 77 after the death of its Jamkhandi MLA Siddu B Nyamagouda.
“A total grant of Rs 25 crore will be earmarked to religious mutts and institutions dedicated to provide dasoha, education, social services and development on secular basis,’’ Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy said.
Even though most exit polls predicted a hung assembly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to form the government in Karnataka with a simple majority, handing out a severe drubbing to the ruling Congress and relegating the Janata Dal (Secular) to the third spot.