Bellary: Karnataka's mining King and baron of Bellary Gali Janardhan Reddy had to face a huge jolt in the recent Assembly elections. There are 9 constituencies in the district and in 6 places Congress won with BJP had to settle with only 3.
What is noteworthy is that Gali personally chaperoned the elections including door to door campaigning but the end result was something unprecedented for the Lotus party. From Bellary city, Gali Somasekhara Reddy (brother of Janardhan Reddy) won and from Siriguppa Somalingappa won and from Kudligi Gopala Krishna won. Gali group have lost two seats when compared to the last election. Losing when there is winds of anti-incumbency was unexpected but people are becoming politically more aware and mature as compared to earlier and that is the main reason for a hung verdict say political experts.