Jayanagar election 2018 results are out and Congress has won this Bengaluru constituency a month after Karnataka election was held on May 12. With this win, Congress’ tally in the House touched 80 . Congress’ candidate Sowmya Reddy has defeated BJP nominee BN Prahlad. The polling in Jayanagar countermanded by the Election Commission following the death of BJP candidate B N Vijayakumar, who was an MLA the seat. Voting was held on June 11 and around 55 per cent polling was recorded, as per reports.
As per the reports, at the end of 11th round of the total 16 rounds of counting, Congress candidate was Sowmya Reddy was leading with 43,476 votes over Prahlad. BJP’s BN Prahlad received 30,746 votes. Earlier, after the 8th round of counting, Sowmya Reddy had extended lead over Prahlad by 10, 205 votes. At the start of round 1 of counting, Reddy was leading over Prahlad by 427 votes. Meanwhile, seeing the leading trends, Congress supporters have already started celebrating early on the streets of Bengaluru.
Prior to the polling, political drama unfolded in this constituency after both Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) had fielded their candidates. The Congress has fielded senior party leader and former Minister Ramalinga Reddy’s daughter Sowmya Reddy as its candidate. On June 5, JD(S) pulled out its candidate and extended the party’s support to its ruling coalition partner, the Congress. JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda had said that his party candidate Kalegowda was “retiring” from the contest, and they would support Congress’ Sowmya Reddy.
On the other hand, The BJP has named B N Prahlad, brother of Vijaykumar, as its candidate. About 19 candidates’ fates will be decided today in the assembly constituency where number of electorates are two lakh and voting was held across the 216 polling booths.
Recently, both the Congress and JD(S) had fielded candidates against each other, despite being coalition partners, in the recent election to the Rajarajeshwari Nagar Assembly seat in the city. Congress candidate Munirathna had won the seat, relegating the JD(S) candidate to a distant third.