Both political parties, BJP and JD(S), suffered a setback in the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) elections due to rebel candidates.
The rebel candidates were successful in defeating the party candidates with a huge margin.
JD(S) suffered a setback with JD(S) rebel K Harishgowda fielding candidates in 12 wards. JD(S) leader, also city unit president K T Cheluvegowda, who was a corporator, was defeated by Srinivas, a supporter of Harishgowda, by a margin of 500 plus votes.
It may be mentioned that Harishgowda, who was with the JD(S), distanced himself since the Assembly elections as the party denied him a ticket to contest from Chamaraja segment. Harishgowda had contested independently against JD(S) candidate K S Rangappa.
Similarly, BJP KR constituency MLA S A Ramdas too suffered a jolt as BJP rebel M V Ramprasad won the polls independently. Ramprasad won by a margin of 1,800 against BJP candidate S Purushottam.
The party had denied a ticket to Ramprasad and had also expelled him from the party. The MLA had also advertised Ramprasad’s termination from the party in a section of the media. However, Ramprasad was elected as Corporator for the second time.
JD(S) candidate S Balu suffered a defeat against M Shivakumar in Ward 42. Balu was pushed to the third place. Shivakumar won by 1,446 votes against his opponent K Devaraju of the BJP. Similarly, the supporters of Harishgowda managed to obtain the second place in many wards.