RS polls: Hateful 8 sting JD(S), benefit Congress

RS polls: Hateful 8 sting JD(S), benefit Congress

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 2016-06-11 21:07 Bengaluru: Aided by dissidence within the JD(S), the Congress party’s third candidate KC Ramamurthy romped home with ease in the Rajya Sabha polls, triggering celebrations in the Congress while leaving the JD(S) red-faced.The Congress party’s third candidate garnered 52 votes; the huge margin of victory owing to the dissidence in the JD(S), which suffered a massive loss of face.The Congress’s first two nominated members Oscar Fernandes and Jairam Ramesh both received 46 votes each and were elected to the RS.The lone BJP candidate Union Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman sailed through without much difficulty. Though the BJP candidate had fallen short of one vote, last ditch efforts by state’s party president B S Yeddyurappa paid dividends, with two independent candidates supporting the Sitharaman’s candidature from the State.  She gathered 47 votes, much to the delight of her party cadre.It was the JD (S) which was hit badly. The party’s candidate B M Farooqi succumbed to a humiliating defeat. He could manage just 33 votes. JD(S) State President H D Kumaraswamy’s effort to corner Siddaramaiah with help of Congress dissidents backfired with eight JD(S) MLAs going against the party diktat.Party MLAs Cheluvarayaswamy, B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan, Iqbal Ansari, Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy, Gopalaiah, Balakrishna, Ramesh Bandi Siddanagowda and Bheema Naik openly defied the party’s election agent HD Revanna’s orders. A mute spectator to the unfolding humiliation, Revanna handed the eight show cause notices, which they accepted without hesitation.On Friday, during the election to Legislative Council, JD(S) rallied to get one candidate Narayanaswamy elected. Their second candidate Dr S M Venkatapathi lost badly as five of the MLAs Zameer Ahmed Khan, Iqbal Ansari, Akhand Srinivasa Murthy, Cheluvarayaswamy and Balakrishna went against the party decision by resorting to cross voting.The victory for the Congress has come as a relief to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is facing dissidence within his party.