It was also a dream come true for Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. The BJP had left 16 berths vacant of the total 34 to placate the rebels.
The bypolls for 15 assembly segments were being held following the disqualification of the MLAs from the Congress and the JD (S) which led to the collapse of the coalition government of HD Kumaraswamy. Yediyurappa's plea to the dominant Lingayat community for support paying off and keeping him in power after he was forced to step down from the top office three times in the past.
"I express my honest regret for not being able to give satisfactory results in the bye-elections despite my honest efforts", Siddaramaiah wrote in his resignation letter and further said that it was his moral responsibility to step down as the Congress Legislature Party Leader. About 66.25 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the bypolls to 15 constituencies across nine districts of Karnataka. He has submited his resignation to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
The elections had taken place at Yellapur, Ranebennur, Vijayanagar, Yashwanthapur, Mahalakshmi Layout, Chikkaballapura, KR Puram, Shivajinagar, KR Pet, Hunsur, Athani, Kagwad, Gokak, Hirekerur and Hoskote. However, due to the massive setback, sources say that he too has chose to resign from his post.
Incidentally, the BJP had won the BBMP Mayoral elections too recently for the first time in four years due to the influence of the rebel MLAs.
"It's clear that people have accepted the defectors, the disqualified MLAs of Congress and JD (S)", he added.
The victory in K.R. Pete also legitimises the imminent entry of B.Y. Vijayendra, the second son of Yediyurappa who was in charge of this constituency, into BJP's fold after the historic win. India Today YouTube channel offers latest news videos on Politics, Business, Cricket, Bollywood, Lifestyle, Auto, Technology, Travel, Entertainment and a lot more. Meanwhile, Congress has won seats and an independent MLA is leading in one seat.