The Congress defeated the BJP to win the Jayanagar Assembly election seat on Wednesday, taking the party’s tally in the Karnataka House to 79. Its candidate Sowmya Reddy, the daughter of former minister Ramalinga Reddy, defeated BJP’s B N Prahlad by a margin of over 2,800 votes. Elections to the Karnataka Assembly were held on May 12, but due to the death of BJP candidate B N Vijayakumar, elections to this seat was deferred to June 11. Prahlad and Vijayakumar were brothers.
The win increases the Congress’ tally in Bengaluru to 15 of the 28 Assembly seats. The JD(S), which had initially fielded Kalegowda for the seat, had withdrawn its candidate and extended support to Sowmya. This was the first election that the parties, which have announced that they will fight the 2019 Lok Sabha polls together, fought together. Jayanagar recorded an estimated 55 per cent voter turnout. There were 19 candidates in the fray.
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara congratulated Reddy for her win. “A heartfelt thank you goes to the voters who saw the future in @INCKarnataka. With this impactful win, we have now conquered 15 out of 28 Assembly seats in Bengaluru,” he added.