Moily, who hails from the coastal belt, was strongly dependent on JD (S) that has the strong support of the Vokkaliga community, to retain the seat that has been a Congress bastion.
The DMK with 23 wins, the Trinamool Congress and the YSRCP with 22 each, the Shiv Sena with 18 and the Janata Dal-United with 16 made their presence felt in an election that took on overtones of a presidential contest with the domination of Modi.
The India Today-Axis My India Exit Poll had predicted BJP to win up to 25 seats in the Lok Sabha.
Elections were also held for the Chincholi and Kundgol Assembly seats. This is the first time Mr Gandhi contested more than one seat.
Another thing that worked against the coalition was the seat-sharing agreement, which saw the JD (S) asking the Congress to yield some of its strong seats for the party.
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Kharge, a veteran Congressman, who has never tasted electoral defeat, was trailing by 95,168 votes against BJP's Umesh Jadhav, who resigned as MLA and joined the saffron party ahead of the elections. As a result, the outcome in this seat could affect the coalition.
Independent and South Indian multi-lingual film actress Sumalatha Ambareesh is leading in Mandya over JD-S contestant Nikhil Kumaraswamy, grandson of JD-S supremo H.D. Deve Gowda and son of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.
Coordination between the coalition partners was expected to provide it with an edge in the Mysuru seat, especially.
The party also won the two Lok Sabha seats each in Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura, and one of the two Lok Sabha seats in Manipur.
Meanwhile, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI), the BJP was leading in 277 constituencies, while the INC in 52 constituencies, out of the total 511 trends available so far.
In Assam, BJP has won the Autonomous Council (Diphu), Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Karimganj, Lakhimpur, Mangaldai, Tezpur and Silchar seats.