New Delhi: Diwali celebrations erupted a day early for Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka, after it registered a massive 4-1 victory in Lok Sabha and Assembly by-polls . The ruling alliance bagged both Ramanagara, Jamkhandi seats and is also expected to triumph in Mandya and Bellary parliamentary constituency. Also Read - Shatabdi Roy Meets Mamata's Nephew Abhishek Banerjee, Says She Is Not Leaving TMC
Reacting over the victory, Congress’ DK Shivakumar, who played a key role in the party’s alliance with Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s JD(S), said that the Karnataka bypolls results convey a message to whole nation ahead of upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls.”In any democratic result, election process…people’s mandate is very important. It’s the direction to the people of this country,” Shivakumar asserted. Also Read - Subhra Kundu, Wife of Rose Valley Group Chief Gautam Kundu, Arrested By CBI
He also targeted BJP and its affiliates for raking up the Ram Mandir issue ahead of the polls. “You can’t make Ram Mandir and all those issues a political plank. People are looking at what they’re going to get, what benefit they’re going to get in social and economic sector,” the Congress leader stated. Also Read - Karnataka: Is BJP Planning to End Taluk Panchayat? Congress Questions State's Intention
Of the total five Lok Sabha and Assembly seats that went to the by-polls, BJP managed to bag only Shivamogga constituency, while Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) won Ballari, Mandya, Ramanagara and Jamkhandi seats.
Earlier in the day, Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidamabram had said that the lesson of the 4-1 victory in the parliamentary and assembly bypolls in Karnataka is that the alliance has turned out beneficial. “The 4-1 win in the Karnataka bye-elections is similar to the Test series of Indian cricket team led by Virat Kohli. Lesson to be learnt: Alliance has turned out to be beneficial,” Chidambaram tweeted.