BANGALORE: The Congress-JD(S) coalition has won four out of five seats that went to bypolls on November 3 in Bellary, Shimoga, Mandya, Ramanagara and Jhamkandi.
The alliance won in Ballari and Mandya parliamentary seats and also Jamkhandi and Ramanagara assembly seats. The BJP won the Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituency. Out of the three parliamentary constituencies, the BJP held two, while the JDS one.
The state party chief B S Yeddyurappa's son B Y Raghavendra won the Shivamogga assembly seats over former chief minister S Bangarappa's son Madhu Bangarappa of JD(S).
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy's wife Anita won the Ramanagara assembly seat over BJP’s L Chandrashekar, who pulled out of the contest but officially still remains the party candidate.
Chandrashekhar joined the BJP ahead of the polls but returned to the Congress weeks later.
The Congress' Anand Nyamagouda bagged the Jamkhandi assembly segment in north Karnataka over BJP's Srikant Kulkarni.
The parliamentary by-elections were necessitated after BJP's Yeddyurappa (Shivamogga) and Sriramalu (Ballari), and CS Puttaraju of the JD(S) (Mandya) resigned as MPs on their election to the assembly in May.
The by-election to the Jamkhandi assembly seat was caused by the death of Congress MLA Siddu Nyamagouda.
The Ramanagara seat fell vacant after Kumaraswamy gave up the seat, preferring Chennapatna, the other constituency from where he had won.
The by-elections are being seen as a popularity test of the Congress-JD(S) coalition, cobbled together after the May assembly polls that threw up a fractured verdict
The BJP and the Congress-JD(S) combine launched an all-out offensive to break into each other's bastions to gain an advantage before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
In 2014, the BJP had won 17 of Karnataka's 23 parliamentary seats. The Congress won nine and HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal (Secular) two seats. The pattern held in the assembly elections in May, where the BJP won 104 of the 224 seats.
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