Why BJP distributed sweets in Mandya despite losingNovember 06, 2018 21:17
Despite losing Mandya Lok Sabha seat, the local Bharatiya Janata Party office was in a celebratory mood as this was the best ever performance of the party in the district in the Vokkaliga belt, a Janata Dal-Secular stronghold.
JD-S candidate L R Shivarame Gowda scored a spectacular victory in Mandya, defeating BJP's Siddaramaiah, apolitical green horn and former civil servant by 3,24,943 votes.
While Gowda got 5,69,347 votes, Siddaramaiah secured 2,44,404.
Enthused by the party's performance BJP workers were seen congratulating Siddaramaiah and distributing sweets.
The BJP's Karnataka state unit chief B S Yeddyurappa called the party's performance 'heartening'.
"BJP's performance of polling 2.44 lakh votes in the traditional weak region of Mandya is really heartening.
"This will enable us to strengthen the party further socially and geographically in the next coming days," he said.
The constituency has strong Vokkaliga presence, the community to which JD-S supremo and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda belongs.
During campaigning, Congress candidate had openly expressed their opposition to their party's decision to give up the seat to the JD-S, as the grand old party too has significant presence in the region.
During the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP candidate B Shivalingaiah secured 86,993 votes. -- PTI