Congress Wins Karnataka’s Jayanagar Assembly Seat

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The Congress candidate Sowmya Reddy on June 13 won the election in Bengaluru’s Jayanagar constituency in Karnataka by defeating BJP’s B N Prahlad by 2,889 votes.

The Congress got 54,457 votes, while the BJP attained 51,568 votes.

The assembly polls were held on June 11 and 55 percent of polling was recorded in the Jayanagar Assembly constituency. After winning the Jayanagar seat the Congress party now has in total 80 seats in the assembly.

“At the end of 11th round of the total 16 rounds of counting, Sowmya was ahead with 43,476 votes over Prahlad, who received 30,746 votes,” the poll official said.

“I was a winner from Jayanagar four times previously and had shifted from the adjoining constituency to BTM Layout, as it includes my home area. Had I contested from the same constituency the previous two times, would have won from there. This time the party high command had given an opportunity to my daughter, I thank them. I had expected the victory margin to be a lot higher but I am not disappointed. It is a victory,” said state minister Ramalinga Reddy.

The election for the Jayanagar seat was delayed last month following the death of a candidate days before polls on May 12.

Ahead of elections, Janata Dal-Secular extended its support to coalition partner Congress by withdrawing its candidate on June 5.