Karnataka bypolls: Ruling BJP wins Sindgi, Congress registers victory in Hangal | Bengaluru News – Times of India

HAVERI/VIJAYAPURA: Congress candidate Srinivas Mane won in the prestigious bypoll by a margin of 7,373 votes against BJP candidate Shivaraj Sajjanar in the Hangal bypoll. BJP candidate Ramesh Bhusanur managed to win in Sindgi by defeating Congress candidate Ashok Managuli.
The victory of Congress in Hangal constituency is a big setback for CM Basavaraj Bommai as Hangal falls in his home district. BJP’s efforts to seek votes on sympathy wave and striking CM’s home district sentiment did not help much for the BJP to win Hangal seat.
The Sangur Sugar factory charges on BJP candidate is also one of the reasons for the party’s defeat in Hangal, said sources.
Meanwhile, Congress’ strategy to project its candidate Mane as “Apathbandhava” for his service during Covid-19 helped a lot to win the election.
Mane maintained a lead from the first round of counting to the 19th last round while Sajjanar did not get any lead. Congress’ candidate Mane secured 87,490 votes and BJP got 80,117. Mane, who was in Hubballi on Tuesday morning, headed to Haveri after he came to know that he was leading by a margin of 5,000 votes in the 11th round.
“Money power was lost and people’s power won in this bypoll. Our (Congress) leaders put a lot of effort to counter BJP government tricks to win the poll. People have given an answer to the bad administration of the BJP government in the state,” said Srinivas Mane.
In the Sindgi bypoll, BJP candidate Ramesh Bhusanur emerged victorious by defeating Congress candidate Ashok Managuli. Ramesh, who had represented Sindgi constituency in 2008 and 2013, was elected for the third time by defeating Congress candidate by a margin of 31,185 votes.
Bhusanur, who maintained the lead in all rounds secured 9,38,65 votes while a congress candidate polled 6,26,80 votes. However, JD(S) candidate Nazia Angadi managed to get 4,353 votes.
As Managuli’s son Ashok Managuli jumped to Congress, JD(S) had fielded Naziya Angadi, daughter of Janata Pariwar leader I B Angadi, as its candidate. Managuli was depending on sympathy created after his father’s death while Angadi was also depending on minority voters of the constituency. JD(S) supremo and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda had campaigned in the constituency for a week along with his son former CM HD Kumaraswamy and other JD(S) leaders for Angadi.
Former CM Siddaramaiah’s strategies to win the election by targeting Ahinda votes did not work out in favour of Congress. For BJP’s victory,
Former CM BS Yediyurappa, CM Basavaraj Bommai, ministers – Govind Karjol, V Somanna, Shashikala Jolle, CC Patil, former DCM Laxman Savadi – campaigned for their party candidate.
Ramesh Bhusanur said, “My victory shows people have faith in me and I will make sincere efforts to meet their expectations in the coming days.”
However, JD(S) which tried to win by fielding Muslim candidate suffered a humiliating defeat in both constituencies.


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