The Opposition was overjoyed by the by-election results in Karnataka. There were also those who pointed the mistake Janata Dal-Secular and Congress alliance committed in the south Karnataka region.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has traditionally been weak in the region, with the electoral contests primarily between the Congress and JD-S. South Karnataka is a region where the Vokkaliga community is strong. The JD-S leadership of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda and his clan are Vokkaligas.
As part of the alliance, the Congress didn't contest the Mandya Lok Sabha by-elections, results of which were announced on Tuesday. The JD-S candidate won by a big margin against his BJP rival, but the latter celebrated the defeat because earlier it would end up as number three. Many Congress leaders said the party should have contested after all.
-- Business Standard