Bengaluru, Nov 7: The BJP may have been 4:1 down against the Congress-JD(S) combine in the Karnataka by-elections, but here are some take aways from the polls that the party could take some solace from.
Bengaluru, Nov 7: The alliance in Karnataka may have handed out a defeat to the BJP in the by-elections. The JD(S)-Congress combine won four seats as opposed to the one by the BJP.
The old war horse from Mandya has said that he would not be contesting the elections. While he cited health reasons for his decision, sources say that he was upset with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and hence decided to stay away from the battle.
Rebel star Ambareesh has been given a ticket to contest from Mandya, but is he is not happy. He has been sulking ever since the election process has been set into motion and has several demands before he agrees to file his nomination papers.
The battle in Mandya is turning out to be an interesting one. In fact, it has all the theatrics required with rebel star Ambareesh keeping all guessing. At first, he had indicated that he would not be contesting the elections owing to health reasons.
Security is high at the railway stations especially at Mandya as pro-Kannada activists plan to stage a rail roko to protest the Cauvery Waters verdict in which Karnataka was asked to release water to Tamil Nadu. In Mandya several protestors who tried to stage the rail rokho were detained by the police.
The Supreme Court on Monday had directed Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for ten days. The court also ordered the supervisory committee to decide on the issue relating to the release of water during this period of ten days.
The complaint states that she has been missing from her Constituency (Mandya) for several months now and hence action be initiated against her. In a strongly worded complaint several members of the Congress have said that Ramya does not care for the people of her constituency and hence she should not be allowed to continue in politics.
The thumping victory for the Congress in the byelections has renewed their hope of winning 25 seats in the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Although the expectations may be far fetched the Congress feels that there is a solid wave in their favour in the state and they could win big in 2014.