Newskarnataka - Udupi
Udupi: BJP candidate Shobha Karandlaje has defeated her Congress counterpart Jayaprakash Hegde by 1, 80, 709 votes. This has been a major setback to the Congress which had won the bye-elections held nearly two years back when Hegde had defeated BJP’s Sunil Kumar.
Karandlaje said, “The country needs change and Change has been implemented. Since the past one year CM Siddaramaiah has proven that he cannot deliver development, which is the main reason that BJP has been victorious today.”
“BJP in Karnataka in its earlier tenure had worked towards the development and even now will work towards growth”, she said.
She affirmed that even in the centre BJP will win with more than 300 seats without any alliance.
Concluding her comment she stated that the Congress have now understood the power of BJP and that at least now the Congress party must get back into its sense.
Shobha secured 262658 votes as against 179512 votes secured by Jayaprakash Hegde. Dhananjaya Kumar of JD(S) secured 7106 votes while Gurudev SH of AAP got only 2697 votes and Vijaykumar of CPI(M) 4641 votes.
A jubilant Shobha who spoke to reporters described her victory as a victory of the people and the party workers. She has also promised all round development of the constituency.
As Karandlaje is the only lady candidate who has contested from the BJP and has won, she it is now believed may likely to get a berth in the Union Cabinet. Meanwhile, Congress candidate Jayaprakash Hegde who had visited the counting centre in the morning, left early on realising that he was trailing.
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