eNarada, Bengaluru, Thursday, April 13, 2017
BJP had a severe loss of face as it lost both the seats (Gundlupet and Nanjangud) in the by polls for which the votes were counted on Thursday (the polls were held on April 11). Though both the seats were held by Congress (Gundlupet by poll was necessitated as the former cooperation minister HS Mahadeva Prasad passed away on January 3, 2017 and Nanjangud poll was necessitated after the former minister V Srinivasa Prasad quit the Congress last year), BJP had made it high decibel campaign and even went to the extent of saying that it was their semi-finals before Karnataka going to general polls next year.
Accepting a drubbing defeat, BJP candidate V Srinivasa Prasad said that he won’t contest future elections after he lost to Congress candidate Kalale N Keshavamurthy by 21,334 votes in Nanjangud. In fact, Srinivasa Prasad had openly campaigned against the ‘ill-treatment’ by his onetime junior and the current chief Minister Siddaramaiah who had dropped him from his cabinet last year. Even BJP’s attempt to bring in former chief minister SM Krishna (who had criticised the Sidddaramaiah government as one of the worst in the last 55 years) also did little effect to BJP though the saffron party’s vote share improved marginally. This was also one of the fiercest fought battles at least verbally as many of the leaders from both sides indulged in some of the ugly spat. On the other hand, Geetha Mahadevaprasad (wife of deceased Cong leader Mahadeva Prasad) bagged 90,260 votes as against 79,383 votes secured by Niranjan Kumar (BJP candidate).
Cong ‘trusts’ EVMs only in Karnataka
CM Siddaramaiah says that he trusts the functioning of electronic voting machines saying that they work ‘properly’ only in Karnataka. So, if you are wondering how come Congress leader believes in EVM working when the other leaders are accusing the election commission that EVMs can be tampered, here is Siddaramaiah’s justification-as the Congress has romped victory in both the seats, the EVMs are functioning normally.