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Bypolls in Andhra, Karnataka and Telangana: Bittersweet result for BJP in southern states

Bypolls in Andhra, Karnataka and Telangana: Bittersweet result for BJP in southern states

The bypolls in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka turned out to be a very bittersweet result for the BJP on Tuesday. In Andhra Pradesh’s Badvel, the YSR Congress Party won back the seat that had fallen vacant after the death of their MLA Gunthoti Venkata Subbaiah in March. 

Subbaiah’s widow Dasari Sudha won against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Panathala Suresh with a margin of 90,533 votes. Sudha polled 1,12,211 votes, while Suresh got 21,678 votes.

While giving the ticket to Sudha, the YSRCP had termed it ‘traditional values’. The BJP candidate was backed by Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party during the campaigning. 

On polling day, the constituency had witnessed 68.12 per cent voting with no reports of violence. 

In Karnataka, the result was bittersweet for the ruling BJP and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. The saffron party won the Sindgi Assembly segment but lost the Hangal seat to the Congress.

Ramesh Bhusanur of the BJP won in Sindgi seat by a margin of 31,573 votes, by securing 93,865 votes, while his closest rival Congress’ Ashok Managuli secured 62,292 votes.

In Hangal, Congress’ Srinivas Mane won by a margin of 7,373 votes, securing 87,490 votes, while his closest rival Shivaraj Sajjanar of BJP bagged 80,117 votes.

JD(S)’s Naziya Shakeel Ahmed Angadi from Sindgi and Niyaz Shaikh from Hangal came a distant third, by securing 4,353 and 927 votes respectively.

The bypolls for two seats was necessitated as they had fallen vacant, following the death of Sindgi JD(S) legislator MC Managuli and BJP’s CM Udasi from Hangal.

The BJP losing Hangal is seen as a setback to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, as it is the neighbouring constituency to his Shiggaon Assembly segment in Haveri district, and that he had extensively campaigned there. 

Constituency Winner Votes Runner-up Votes Margin
Badvel (AP) Dasari Sudha (YSRCP) 1,12,211 Panathala Suresh (BJP) 21,678 90,533
Hangal (Karnataka) Srinivas Mane (Cong) 87,490 Shivaraj Sajjanar (BJP) 80,117 7,373
Sindgi (Karnataka) Ramesh Bhusanur (BJP) 93,865 Ashok Managuli (Cong) 62,292 31,573
Huzurabad (Telangana) Eatala Rajender (BJP) 1,07,022 Gellu Srinivas Yadav (TRS) 83,167 23,855

In Telangana, BJP candidate Eatala Rajender won the Huzurabad Assembly constituency bypoll with a margin of 23,855 votes over his nearest TRS rival Gellu Srinivas Yadav.

Rajender polled 1,07,022 votes, while Yadav managed 83,167 votes. The bypoll was necessitated in view of the resignation of Eatala Rajender in June following his removal from the state Cabinet over allegations of land-grabbing.

Rajender, who dismissed the allegations, quit TRS and joined the BJP.

The bypoll was seen as a do-or-die battle for Rajender, while it is significant for the BJP as it aims at emerging as the alternative to ruling TRS in the 2023 Legislative Assembly elections. 

(With inputs from PTI) 

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