Siddaramaiah met AICC president Sonia Gandhi three weeks before the bypolls and had assured her of a win for the party, especially in Hanagal, as Mane was his choice of candidate.
By fielding its candidate Niyaz Shaik in Hanagal, where it has no base, the party faced humiliation as it could garner a mere 927 votes, and the minorities went with the Congress candidate.
Cong’s Mane wins Hanagal, BJP’s Bhusanur secures Sindagi; Results also raise questions over JDS’ political relevance
The JDS, which had won the Sindagi seat in the previous election, could neither retain the seat nor bag a sizable number of the traditional Congress votes to play some role in the defeat of the latter
Bhusanur secured 93,865 votes, Ashok Managuli of Congress 62,680 votes and Naziya Shakeel Ahmed Angadi of JDS lost the deposit as she got only 4,353 votes.
Congress candidate Srinivas Mane won the Hangal bypoll defeating BJP's Shivaraj Sajjanar. Hangal is in Chief Minister Bommai's home district Haveri.
Speaking to The New Indian Express, Bhusanur said, “I was confident that I would win the by-poll by a margin of 25,000 votes but people have elected me with a lead of 31,088 votes."
BJP candidate Ramesh Bhusanur and JD(S) candidate Naziya Shakeel Ahmed Angadi have already arrived at the counting center.
The results of fiercely-fought bypolls to Hanagal and Sindagi Assembly constituencies will be announced on Tuesday.
The combined turnout, however, was an estimated 6% higher than the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, leading political pundits to speculate which party would benefit by this.
Since bank transactions and withdrawal of large amounts are monitored, the cash is sourced from local businessmen and contractors.
According to political pundits, the BJP bolstered its position at the fag end of the campaign by having most of its leaders and ministers in Sindagi and Hanagal constituencies.
The State Election Commission has beefed up its vigil in Sindagi and Hanagal ahead of the October 30 bypolls to check for illegal acts, including movement of cash to woo the voters.
Apart from this, people from the rural areas continue to migrate in search of better livelihood.
He is likely to be only the second chief minister to camp at a bypoll battleground. The first to do so was Devaraj Urs, who along with his cabinet, hunkered down in Chikkamagaluru in 1978.