Bangalore: Congress, the ruling party in Karnataka, is leading in both Lok Sabha seats – Mandya and Bangalore Rural – which went to by-poll on August 21. Famous Kannada heroine and the Congress candidate Ramya is leading in Mandya by over 12,000 votes after the counting of votes in 400 booths. She has already crossed 1 lakh votes and has maintained lead from the first round.
In neighbouring Bangalore Rural, Congress candidate DK Suresh is also leading. He has already established a lead of more than 30,000 votes over the JDS candidate Anitha Kumaraswamy, wife of former Chief Minster HD Kumaraswamy.
Final results will be out by the afternoon. A win in these two seats is expected to strengthen Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s position.
The JDS had earlier held both the seats. The resignation of its MPs HD Kumaraswamy and Cheluvarayaswamy necessitated the by-polls.