After registering a thumping 4-1 victory in the parliamentary and assembly Bypolls in Karnataka, former finance minister P. Chidambaram said the biggest lesson from the win in the southern state depends majorly on the Congress-JDS alliance that has turned out beneficial. “The 4-1 win in the Karnataka by-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 wrote in a post on his official Twitter handle.
The senior Congress leader’s remarks came after the Karnataka ruling coalition Janata Dal-Secular and Congress took lead in two seats each in the vote count for the three Lok Sabha and two assembly seats.
According to early trends at 9.45 a.m., the Bharatiya Janata Party was expected to hold on to its Shimoga seat but might lose the Bellary seat where its trailing by over one lakh votes.
The JD-S was leading over BJP in Ramanagara and Mandya, while the Congress was leading in Jamkhandi and Bellary.
Counting of votes began at 8 a.m. in Bellary (reserved), Mandya and Shimoga Lok Sabha seats and Jamkhandi and Ramanagara assembly seats for the polling held on November 3.
Prior to the bypolls, the JD-S held Ramanagara and Mandya seats, while the Congress Jamakhandi and the BJP Bellary and Shimoga.
After thrashing West Indies in the two-match Test series 2-0 and 3-1 in the recently-concluded five-match ODI series, captain Kohli had been rested from the T20Is against the Caribbean boys. The regular Indian captain will once again be seen in action during the three-match T20I series against Australia, starting on November 21st in Adelaide.