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Lok Sabha poll results may end JD(S)-Congress coalition in Karnataka

Following the dismal performance of the Janata Dal(Secular)-Congress alliance in Karnataka Lok Sabha polls, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said the leaders of both the parties would sit together and discuss reasons behind the defeat.The BJP won eight seats and was leading in 16 of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state, where polling was held in two phases.
 
The results were particularly humiliating for the Deve Gowd family with the former PM losing in Tumkur and his grandson Nikhil Kumaraswamy losing to the BJP-supported Sumalatha Ambareesh in Mandya. The saving face for the Gowda family was the other grandson Prajwal Revanna who won from Hassan.
 
The BJP candidates from Bengaluru North, Bellary (ST), Bidar, Haveri, Chikkaballapur, Koppal, Shimoga and Uttara Kannada were declared victorious. The BJP was also leading in Bagalkot, Bangalore Central, Bangalore South, Belgaum, Bijapur (SC), Chikkodi, Chitradurga (SC),  Dharwad, Davanagere, Dakshina Kannada, Gulbarga (SC), Kolar, Mysore, Raichur (ST), Tumkur and Udupi-Chikmaglur.
 
The Congress was leading in Bangalore Rural and Chamrajanagar (SC) in the old Mysore region.The Congress and JD(S) said before the results were out that a bad performance in the polls would mean the end of their alliance.
 
R. Roshan Baig, former minister ad seven-time MLA voiced the unease in the coalition and launched a scathing attack against the Congress. He called party state unit president Dinesh Gundurao a “flop show” and former chief minister Siddaramaiah an arrogant leader. Congress leader Brijesh Kalappa said the results would have a bearing on the coalition government in the state.

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