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Karnataka Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Voting (April 18) Highlights: Second phase Lok Sabha polls conclude in Karnataka; poor voter turnout in Bangalore

Karnataka Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Voting Highlights: HD Deve Gowda in Tumkur; his grandson JD (S) candidate Nikhil Kumaraswamy from Mandya; independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh from Mandya; Prakash Raj from Bangalore Central constituency are among the 362 contestants in fray for the second phase of Lok Sabha polls, held in 14 seats of Karnataka.

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP , Ralph Alex Arakal | Bengaluru | Updated: April 24, 2019 12:02:48 am

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Karnataka Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Voting Highlights: Voter turnout poor in Bangalore when compared to other parts of the state. The estimate voter turnout in Bangalore North is 48.28 %, Bangalore Central 42.43 %, Bangalore South 49.36 % and Bangalore rural 59.43 %. An average of 61.94% voters turned up in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of Karnataka to pick an MP on April 18.

Read more: Highlights from polling day for Northern Karnataka LS constituencies (April 23)

While Dakshina Kannada tops the chart with the highest voter turnout (72.97%), constituencies in and around Bangalore showed poor figures as usual.

Read more: Bangalore’s first-time voters come in many hues after Lok Sabha elections 2019 conclude

The voting in Bangalore started at 7 am and will end at 6 pm. The election will be held in 8,514 booths across the city. While 2,656 of them are in Bangalore North, there are 2,082 polling booths in Bangalore Central. The same is 2,131 in Bangalore South, while 1,269 and 376 polling booths are there in Bangalore Rural and Chikkaballapur LS constituencies respectively.

As many as 90,997 police personnel will be deployed across the state at all polling booths. The police department has identified 11,992 booths as critical in the state and has deployed extra security forces for these booths.

Read more: Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Poor voter turnout in Bengaluru

Bengaluru is infamous for its poor voter turnout during elections, despite the election commission conducting various awareness campaigns to bring the voters to the polling booth. In the 2018 assembly election, only 54.76% of people from the city voted.

 

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Karnataka Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Voting concludes in five constituencies in Bangalore and nine other constituencies in Karnataka. Here are the highlights

18:21 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Karnataka Lok Sabha Elections 2019 LIVE update: 61.94% voter turnout estimated in state as polling time ends

An average of 61.94% voters turned up in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of Karnataka to pick an MP on April 18. 

While Dakshina Kannada tops the chart with the highest voter turnout (72.97%), constituencies in and around Bangalore showed poor figures as usual.  Here are the estimates: 

Bangalore Rural - 59.43%
Bangalore North - 48.28%
Bangalore Central - 42.43%
Bangalore South -49.36%
Chikkballapur - 69.33%
Udupi-Chikmagalur -69.84%
Hassan - 71.20%
Chitradurga - 61.75%
Tumkur - 70.28%
Mandya - 71.75%
Mysore- 63.20%
Chamarajanagar - 66.51%
Kolar - 69.99%

17:43 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Rahul Gandhi to be in Karnataka tomorrow

Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address a couple of public meetings in Karnataka tomorrow. 

He will fly to Karnataka after a rally held at P.M. Ground, Bajipura in Gujarat. 

17:30 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Kumaraswamy hits back at Modi

Karnataka CM H.D. Kumaraswamy takes a dig at PM Modi criticising him of resorting to "propaganda  movie and TV channel in his name." 

Kumaraswamy's tweet is an instant reply to  PM Modi's mockery on him from the latter's Bagalkot rally held a few hours back. 

17:15 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Karnataka LIVE update: Tumkur votes most (60.86%) while Bangalore Central records least voter turnout (36.96%) 

At 5 pm, Tumkur votes most (60.86%) while Bangalore Central trails at 36.96% voter turnout. 

Read more: Karnataka Polls: Deva Gowda on a strong wicket in Tumkuru

LIVE polling trends at other constituencies are as follows:

Udupi-Chikmagalur - 60.12%
Hassan - 62.43%
Dakshina Kannada - 60.46%
Chitradurga - 53.78%
Mandya - 55.15%
Mysore- 51.64%
Chamarajanagar - 54.05%
Bangalore Rural - 49.66%
Bangalore North - 39.72%
Bangalore South -40.67%
Chikkballapur - 54.92%
Kolar - 54.44%

16:55 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Complaint filed against Tejasvi Surya for campaigning on social media

According to reports, a pliant filed against BJP's Bangalore South candidate Tejasvi Surya for campaigning on social media when election is underway. Election Commission returning officer has filed the complaint with Siddapura police station in Bangalore South. 

16:55 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Udupi-Chikmagalur BJP candidate Shobha Karandlaje turns up to vote
16:20 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Bangalore Central (36.96%) records least voter tunout in state; Karnataka averages 49.57% at 4 pm

At 4 pm, here are the LIVE updates: 


Udupi-Chikmagalur - 56.47%
Hassan - 57.34%
Dakshina Kannada - 60.46%
Chitradurga - 49.25%
Tumkur - 54.68%
Mandya - 55.15%
Mysore- 50.43%
Chamarajanagar - 51.43%
Bangalore Rural - 48.39%
Bangalore North - 39.07%
Bangalore Central - 36.96%
Bangalore South -40.14%
Chikkballapur - 54.92%
Kolar - 52.78%

15:29 (IST)18 Apr 2019
PM Modi says HD Kumaraswamy is a 'weak CM'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy  'weak CM' in a public meeting at Bagalkot, North Karnataka.

"The weak CM is crying and ministers are involved in corruption. They know their days are numbered and therefore, they have started looting the state," he said. 

15:25 (IST)18 Apr 2019
PM Modi in Karnataka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a campaign in Bagalkot, Karnataka. Watch Live here:

15:23 (IST)18 Apr 2019
At 3 pm, Karnataka records 42.62% voter turnout,

Karnataka LIVE polling percentage - Bangalore North records least turnout


Udupi-Chikmagalur - 53.32
Hassan - 52.74%
Dakshina Kannada - 60.02%
Chitradurga - 49.25%
Tumkur - 54.17%
Mandya - 48.16%
Mysore- 48.79%


Chamarajanagar - 44.59%
Bangalore Rural - 33.83%
Bangalore North - 34.20%
Bangalore Central - 28.65%
Bangalore South -33.36%
Chikkballapur - 50.63%
Kolar - 43.53%

14:52 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar casts his vote

Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar casts his vote at a polling booth in, Kanakapura Taluka.

14:39 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Karnataka Lok Sabha Elections LIVE update: Poll percentage 36.51% at 2 pm

Voters turnout in the key Lok Sabha constituencies in and around Bangalore:

Bangalore North- 29.69%
Bangalore South- 31.66%
Bangalore Central- 28.65%
Bangalore Rural- 33.83%
Chikabalapur- 37.59%

14:28 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Civic group distribute saplings to voters

Members of Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC) civic group in Bangalore distribute saplings to voters who have cast their votes. 
 

14:16 (IST)18 Apr 2019
'People should get over divisive politics to work towards nation building'

"People should get over divisive politics to work towards nation building,” says Imtiaz Baig a Bangalore South voter who travelled from Hyderabad to exercise his right to vote.





14:13 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Former chief minister of Karnataka S M Krishna cast his vote

BJP leader and former chief minister of Karnataka S M Krishna cast his vote in Bengaluru.

14:09 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Anil Kumble casts his vote

Former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble casts his vote in South Bangalore.

13:30 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Siddaramaiah takes a dig at BJP candidates on Twitter

Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah's latest tweet sparks controversy. 

13:15 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Karnataka Lok Sabha Elections LIVE update: Poll percentage 21.83% at 1 pm

As 21.83% voters chose to exercise their right to vote in Karnataka, here are the numbers from key Lok Sabha constituencies in and around Bangalore: 

Bangalore North- 15.33%
Bangalore South- 19.48%
Bangalore Central- 16.00%
Bangalore Rural- 16.24%
Chikabalapur- 19.68%

12:16 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Sumalatha Ambareesh votes in Mandya

Independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh votes in Mandya. 

She faces tough competition from JD(S) canidadate Nikhil Kumarasamy, son of Karnataka CM H.D. Kumaraswamy. 

Read more: Sumalatha to gain from discord among Cong-JD(S) workers in Mandya, says son

12:11 (IST)18 Apr 2019
PC Mohan's poll advice: Nothing should stop you from voting

Bangalore Central incumbent MP P.C. Mohan has encouraged voters to turn in huge numbers to exercise the right to vote. 

Read more: Bangalore Central: Will Congress unseat the BJP?

Voters from 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka will cast their votes as the second phase of the 2019 Indian general elections is underway. While the Congress-JD(S) alliance is confident of gaining more votes from the state, BJP is fighting the polls with one strong agenda - Make Modi PM Again.

Competition is tough in several constituencies from Karnataka including Mandya, where independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh takes on Karnataka CM H.D. Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil.

At Bangalore North, incumbent BJP MP D.V. Sadananda Gowda faces tough competition from Congress minister Krishna Byre Gowda. The latter starred in a video that was released a few hours before PM Modi's Bangalore rally questioning BJP's fake promises made in 2014. This later became a talking point in and around the constituency, as campaigning reached its culmination.

BJP's youngest candidate, 28-year-old Tejasvi Surya contests from Bangalore South where he takes on Congress veteran B.K. Hariprasad. Even though Bangalore South seat has been an invincible BJP stronghold close to two decades, the Congress sniffs a chance highlighting the debutant's political inexperience.

Interestingly, Bangalore Central is the only constituency in the state which expects a triangular contest. However, the situation is not easy for independent candidate Prakash Raj as his rivals are BJP's P.C. Mohan and Congress' Rizwan Arshad.

Read more: Prakash Raj interview: Mr Modi or Mr Rahul Gandhi is not going to run your constituency

Swiggy delivery executive Jenifar Russel, who hit headlines recently, also contests from Bangalore Central.