BENGALURU/HUBBALLI: The ruling BJP and Opposition Congress sparred over the possible impact of the bypoll results to Sindgi and Hangal a day after the bypoll results.
Replying to a query on the Congress’s statement that this result would prove to be an indicator of the 2023 Assembly elections, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said the bypoll results had no connection with the election in 2023 and would not have any bearing on the state government. “The Opposition has to say like that. The Congress too had lost many bypolls in the past,” he said.
The CM also sought to know why the Congress leaders were not talking about Sindgi. “What do they (Congress leaders) have to say about Sindgi where they lost with a margin of 38,000 votes?” Bommai asked.
Stating that various factors were responsible for the election results, Bommai said comparing the bypoll results to state elections was inappropriate. He also downplayed the Hangal defeat, stating that it was a “collective” defeat and not that of a single leader. “We will also face the assembly polls under a collective leadership,’’ he said.
Reacting to Siddaramaiah’s statement that the bypoll result was just the beginning of the anti-incumbency wave against the BJP, which will wash them away, Bommai dismissed it as a blip on the radar. “Even during Siddaramaiah’s tenure as CM, they lost many byelections. The bypolls are fought on local issues. The general polls are on a different scale,”he said, adding the defeat would be analysed in detail and the issues will be tackled ahead of the 2023 assembly polls.
Rural development and panchayat raj minister KS Eshwarappa termed it “accidental” victory for the Congress and said the BJP will reclaim the seat .
“The tsunami has washed them away across the country in various states and at the national level. They were even washed away during the previous assembly elections and other bypolls. Hangal has given them a stick to hold on to, in this wave. It is just accidental victory with a margin of 7,000 votes,” he said.
The Congress had launched an attack against the CM and the BJP hinting that this was just a beginning of things to come. “People were analysing that the Congress will be wiped out and is a sinking boat. We have proved with our pan-India performance that it is not the case. The BJP has been unable to secure a solid victory at the bypolls in any state and lost prestigious seats. Hangal voters have sent a strong message to the nation,” said KPCC president DK Shivakumar.
In Hassan, party state vice-president BY Vijayendra, said Bommai had assumed power just two months back and this was not a big loss.





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