Udupi-Chikamagalur bypoll loss unexpected: CM

Karnataka CM D V Sadananda Gowda termed as "unexpected" the BJP candidate`s defeat by a huge margin in Udupi Chikamagalur Lok Sabha by poll.

Last Updated: Mar 22, 2012, 16:18 PM IST

Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Wednesday termed as "unexpected" the BJP candidate`s defeat by a huge margin in Udupi Chikamagalur Lok Sabha by poll and said the party needs to view the setback
"very seriously".

"Unexpected result has come", said Gowda, who had vacated
the seat after becoming the Chief Minister, necessitating the
by poll.

"Of course, we thought that there will be a close fight
(between the BJP and Congress candidates)", Gowda told
reporters, adding, the huge margin was unexpected and needed
to be viewed "very seriously" by the party.

Asked about the reason for the defeat, the Chief Minister said it had to be analysed.

Former minister and Congress candidate K Jayaprakash Hegde
defeated BJP`s V Sunil Kumar by 45,724 votes, while JDS
finished a poor third as its nominee Bojegowda secured 72,080
votes.

PTI