Sowmya Reddy, daughter of Senior Congress leader and former minister of Karnataka has posted an impressive victory in Jayanagar assembly seat election.
She inflicted a defeat on BJP candidate BN Prahlad by a distance of more than 4000 votes.
While Karnataka Assembly elections were held on May 12, but polling in Jayanagar in south Bengaluru was deferred because of the death of BJP candidate BN Vijayakumar BJP fielded his brother to ostensibly use the possible sympathy wave. However, its strategy failed to pay-off.
Soumya Redy, a first timer in electoral politics, clinched a victory in style. Jayanagarassembly polls were held on June 11. The Congress defeated the BJP by nearly 3,000 votes. The Congress got 54,457 votes, while the BJP got 51,568 .
This is the first election that the Janata Dal Secular and Congress have fought on the same side since they formed an alliance to take power following a fractured verdict.
The two had fielded candidates against each other, despite being coalition partners, in the recent election to the Rajarajeshwari Nagar Assembly seat in the city.
The Congress candidate, Munirathna, won the seat, leaving the JD(S) a distant third behind the BJP. Around 55 per cent polling was recorded in the constituency on June 11. Mr Kumaraswamy was sworn in on May 24. The BJP, which emerged the single largest party, failed to raise the numbers needed to form government and its leader BS Yeddyurappa resigned after three days as chief minister.>