Karnataka By Election Results 2019 Updates: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won 12 of the 15 Assembly seats in Karnataka that went to by-elections on December 5. With this, the saffron party under the leadership of BS Yediyurappa has increased its tally from 105 to 117 in the Vidhan Soudha.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the voters for showing faith in the BJP, adding that the people have punished the Congress and JD(S) for back-stabbing the mandate. “The Congress and its allies subverted the mandate in Karnataka, stabbed it in the back. These parties will now have to bite the dust,” he said. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that the BJP will provide a pro-people government and also dropped hints that 11 of the 12 winning candidates may be inducted into the Cabinet.
The bypolls were held to fill the vacancies caused by the disqualification of 17 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs, whose revolt led to collapse of the H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in July and paved the way for BJP to come to power. A total of 15 of 17 seats went to the polls — Athani, Kagawad, Gokak, Yellapur, Hirekerur, Ranebennur, Vijayanagara, Chikkaballapur, Hoskote, KR Pura, Yeswanthpur, Mahalakshmi Layout, Shivajinagar, Krishnarajpet and Hunsur. Twelve of the 15 seats were held by the Congress and three by JD(S).