Karnataka Chief Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy Tuesday said the BJP’s claim of the Congress-JD (S) alliance being an unholy alliance — ‘Apavitra Maitri’ — has just been proved wrong. In a stunning performance in the recently held bypolls, the votes of which were counted today, the ruling combine clinched four of five seats while the BJP could win just one.
As he congratulated cadres of both parties, Kumaraswamy said this victory was the first step in securing all 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state, and that JD(S) will work with Congress to win all of them. “This is not an empty boast just because we have won today. This is the confidence of people in us. This win is not making us arrogant,’ he added.
Kumaraswamy accused the Bhartiya Janata Party of doling out Rs 25-30 crore to some Congress and JD(S) MLAs and said their attempts so far have failed and will continue to be the case.
The Karnataka Chief Minister further clarified about his stand on Tipu Jayanti celebrations. He went on to say that there are many communities in the country and people want to celebrate Jayantis of their leaders. “If they (BJP) doesn’t want to be a part of the celebrations, there is no need to participate.” the JD(S) leader told ANI.
With Tuesday’s victory, the Congress-JD(S) alliance’s tally has gone up to 120 seats in the 224 member assembly where the BJP has 104 MLAs.
The BJP’s BY Raghavendra, son of BS Yeddyurappa, won Shivamogga parliamentary seat, the constituency which was dominated by Yeddyurappa for nearly two decades.
H D Kumaraswamy’s wife Anitha bagged the Ramanagara assembly seat by a spectacular margin of over 1 lakh votes against her nearest rival BJP’s L Chandrashekar, who had pulled out of the contest, but still officially remains the party candidate.
The counting for votes for three Lok Sabha and three Assembly seats in Karnataka, which went to the bypolls on Saturday, began this morning. An estimated 67 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the bypolls.
The Karnataka bypolls, seen as a crucial test for the ruling Congress-JD(S) combine as they face their first major political test since forging an alliance five months ago, are significant as the coalition partners have termed it a “prelude” to the 2019 General Elections.