BENGALURU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday praised Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai after the BJP won three seats from the state in the Rajya Sabha elections.
In the biennial elections to four seats on Friday, the saffron party clinched the crucial third seat in a direct fight with the Congress and JD(S).
PM Modi hailed the chief minister for his political strategy and acumen which played a major role in BJP winning three seats in the Rajya Sabha election, a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said.
“Modi called Bommai over phone immediately after the results were declared and congratulated the chief minister for his role in the victory,” the statement read.
“Your efforts were precious in getting three members elected from BJP to the Rajya Sabha. This contribution from Karnataka would inspire further good work,” the statement quoted PM Modi as saying in appreciation of Bommai.
Bommai also received a phone call from Union home minister Amit Shah who expressed his happiness at the BJP’s victory and lauded the state leadership for ensuring the victory of its third candidate despite a tough political challenge in the numbers game.
“This is a big gift from Karnataka to raise the party’s strength in Rajya Sabha,” Shah reportedly told Bommai while lauding his efforts.
BJP national president JP Nadda also dialled Bommai and congratulated the chief minister. “Your hard work has paid. Your strategies have proved successful,” Nadda said.
In the polls held on Friday, the party succeeded in winning three out of four seats. The three winning candidates are Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Kannada film actor-turned-politician Jaggesh and Lahar Singh Siroya, who is considered close to BJP strongman and former chief minister B S Yediyurappa.
Congress candidate Jairam Ramesh too emerged victorious.
The JD(S) and the Congress, which had fielded D Kupendra Reddy and Mansoor Ali Khan as the fourth candidates respectively, lost to Siroya.
The JD(S) party’s prospects were marred by Congress party, which fielded Khan. To make further dent to its ambition, two JD(S) MLAs cross voted – one in favour of the Congress and the other suspected to have voted for the BJP.
(With inputs from PTI)

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