The counting for the Jayanagar by-election has just been completed and Congress candidate Sowmya Reddy defeated BJP's BN Prahlad with a majority of 3,775 votes in the prominent assembly constituency. Sowmya Reddy gathered 54,045 votes, while BN Prahlad could manage 50,270 votes. With the latest victory, Congress now has 80 MLAs in the Karnataka Assembly.
Jayanagar by-election was held on June 11, following the sudden demise of BJP MLA BN Vijayakumar, who was holding the seat. BJP's current candidate BN Prahlad is the brother of BN Vijayakumar. An estimated 55 percent of polling was recorded for the Jayanagar by-election.
In the assembly elections that were held on May 12, the BJP gained the majority, but not enough to form the government. In the end, it was the Congress-JD(S) combine that formed the government, with JDS' HD Kumaraswamy occupying the CM chair.
Following a pre-poll understanding, the JDS did not field its candidate for the Jayanagar by-election. A total of 18 candidates contested the election. The routing in the Jayanagar by-election will being seen as a major setback for the BJP, as it failed to retain its seat that has been its bastion for the last 30 years.