Bangalore: The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Wednesday became the unlikely spoiler of celebration in JD-S President HD Deve Gowda's family by defeating his daughter-in-law in Karnataka.

Anita Kumaraswamy, wife of Gowda's son and former Janata Dal-Secular chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, lost to CP Yogeshwara in Channapatna.

Yogeshwara, who was a forest minister in the BJP Government, quit the post and the party hoping for a Congress ticket.

He polled 80,039 votes against 73,635 of Anita. Kumaraswamy and Gowda's other son HD Revanna, however, won from Ramanagaram, in neighbouring Channaptna, and Holenarsipur in Gowda's home district Hassan.

Anita's defeat came as a shock to Kumaraswami, as he had shifted his wife from Madhugiri in Tumkur district, from where she had won in a by-election, to Channapatna to ensure her victory.

Yogeshwar is a controversial figure - he is battling charges of cheating people by promising apartments or sites. He was elected as a Congress candidate to the assembly in 2008 from Channapatna, switched over to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) only to lose the seat in a by-election.

He quit the BJP hoping for a Congress ticket this time but joined the SP bandwagon when this was denied to him. The SP in Karnataka remains a one-man party and makes news when leaders from other parties join it at the time of election.


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