Bangalore: After the Congress won both the Mandya and rural Bangalore seats by heavy margins, defeating their rival Janata Dal Secular (JD-S) in their stronghold, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday said that the people have understood that the BJP and the JD-S are opportunistic political parties who lack commitment to any ideology or policies.
"People are very intelligent in exercising their votes. They have understood that BJP, JD-S are opportunistic political parties. They do not have any commitment to any ideologies or policies. The coming together of these two parties is not based on ideologies or programmes and that is why people have rejected them," he told media here today.
Siddaramaiah further said that the Congress Party raced ahead of JD-S in the latter`s stronghold of Mandya and Bangalore Rural, and added that JD-S has learnt its lesson.
"JD-S has learnt its lesson because they thought it is their domain, Mandya and rural Bangalore," he added.
Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said he was extremely grateful to the people of Mandya and rural Bangalore and added that defeating the JD-S in their heartland is a very commendable achievement.
"I am extremely grateful to the voters, people of Mandya and rural Bangalore for having put their confidence in the Congress Party and defeating JDS in their own stronghold, inspite of the support of the BJP, this I think media should take note and reassess their survey reports of the chances of the Congress Party in the next elections," he added.
The Congress Party candidates surged ahead of their rival Janta Dal Secular (JD-S) in Mandya and Bangalore rural Lok Sabha constituencies in the August 21 bypolls as counting of votes was taken up on Saturday.