In a setback for Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, the BJP lost the bypoll in Hangal -- the home district of the CM. The Congress managed to secure the seat in a closely-contested election. Bommai had campaigned hard as his prestige was at stake. This was also the first major electoral test for Bommai after he took over as CM late July.
Mane Shrinivas of the Congress, who had lost the 2018 elections by a slim margin, won by a margin of 7,225 votes. The BJP had denied a ticket to the powerful family of late Minister CM Udasi, who represented the constituency. Hangal was represented by the late Udasi of the BJP, a close confidant of former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.
However, Ramesh Bhoosanur of the BJP emerged victorious in Sindagi by a whopping 93,380 votes to emerge as a clear winner. Already losing relevance in Karnataka politics, the loss of Sindagi has come as a major setback for the JD(S) and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda as his party had to concede a sitting seat to the BJP. Sindagi was represented by former minister MC Managuli of the JD(S).
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