Congress clinches Jayanagar seat from BJP


Bengaluru, June 13  : Congress snatched succeeded their Jayanagar seat in Karnataka Assembly from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when its candidate Soumya Reddy was declared elected defeating B N Prahalad Babu by a margin of 3775 votes today.
Ms Reddy, daughter of former Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy of the Congress had polled 54,457 votes as against 51,568 votes secured by Mr Prahalad..
The Election to Jayanagar was countermanded during the May 12 Assembly elections following the demise of of BJP candidate B N Vijayakumar. BJP in an attempt to gain sympathy vote had fielded his brother Prahalad despite some protest from local corporators belonging to the BJP.
JD(S) nominee Kalegowda had retired from contest in favour of the congress candidate following the formation of the JD(S) congress coalition government in the state.
With this win the Congress strength went up to 79 in the Assembly.