Bypoll results mandate in support of Siddaramaiah-led govt: Parameshwara

Bypoll results mandate in support of Siddaramaiah-led govt: Parameshwara

Bengaluru: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President G Parameshwara termed the bypoll results as a mandate in support of the government led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

The ruling Congress won both Nanjangud and Gundlupet assembly seats. The bypolls became a prestige battle for the BJP and Congress.

For the Congress, the victory has come as a relief. Shocked by the defeat, the BJP said it would work harder. BJP leader R Ashoka said, "We take the defeat as a challenge to emerge victorious in the assembly polls next year."

Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa said the party had failed to impress upon people. "It has hurt us that a senior leader like V Srinivas Prasad should face defeat in Nanjangud constituency. But our aim to secure 150 seats in the next assembly elections remains firm."