On Saturday, the beaming chief minister, Siddaramaiah said, "The people's mandate was against the JDS-BJP combination. The Congress government's pro-people programmes won the hearts of the people."
Both seats were won by political greenhorns — Kannada actor Ramya won against JD(S)' CS Puttaraju in Mandya and senior Congress MLA DK Shiva Kumar's brother DK Suresh Kumar defeated Anitha Kumaraswamy in Bangalore Rural.
Anitha is the daughter-in-law of JD(S) president and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda. She is married to HD Kumaraswamy, the JD(S) state chief and former chief minister.