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Karnataka Bye-elections Highlights: 66.25% voters exercise franchise in bypolls to 15 constituencies

Karnataka Assembly Bye-Elections 2019 Live News Updates: As polling ended in 15 constituencies to which bypolls were held on Thursday, 66.25% voters turned up in the state to exercise franchise. The results will be declared on Monday, December 9.

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP , Ralph Alex Arakal | Bengaluru | Updated: December 6, 2019 5:31:00 pm
People queue up at a polling station People queue up at a polling station in Buddhihola in Gokak, Belgaum district. Express Photo

Karnataka Assembly Bye-Elections 2019 Live News Updates: Bypolls to 15 constituencies across Karnataka were held on Thursday, including 4 constituencies from capital city Bengaluru.

The results, which will be out on December 9, will decide the fate of the four-month-old Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa-led BJP government.

The voter turnout, according to Election Commission of India statistics, 66.25 percent voters turned up to exercise franchise to bypolls held for 15 vacant seats in Vidhana Soudha (Karnataka legislative assembly).

The seats fell vacant after 17 rebel MLAs from the Congress and JD(S) parties defected to the BJP in a bid to bring down the coalition government. The MLAs were subsequently disqualified from the House but allowed the contest today’s polls. Elections to two seats — Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Maski — are not being held today as separate election petitions challenging the results of the 2018 elections are pending in the Karnataka High Court.

In 13 of the 15 seats, the BJP has fielded Congress-JD(S) turncoats. The ruling party needs to win at least six of the 15 seats, or seven out of 17, to retain its majority.

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Karnataka Assembly Bye-elections Today Live News Updates: Polling for bypolls to 15 constituencies conclude . Follow latest news and updates on voting day; BJP, Congress, JD(S) candidates, leaders' reactions; and more.

Highlights

    19:15 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    BJP has no moral ground to stay in power: Siddaramaiah

    Congress legislative party leader Siddaramaiah Thursday alleged the BJP of 'buying out' 17 MLAs from the former Congress-JD(S) coalition.

    Addressing the media in Gadag, the former Karnataka chief minister said, 'BJP does not have any moral ground to stay in power in Karnataka..They attained power by taking the backdoor and formed the government by indulging in horse-trading.'He added, 'They (BJP) then forced 17 MLAs to resign, thereby, destroying democracy.'When asked whether a Congress-JD(S) post-poll alliance was brewing, he said, "No such talks have happened between the parties."

    19:05 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    BJP accuses Cong MLA of campaigning on polling day, writes to EC

    The BJP on Thursday accused Jewargi Congress MLA Ajay Singh of campaigning for party candidate Rizwan Arshad in Shivajinagar on polling day. The saffron party has written to the Election Commission seeking action for the same. 

    With seven-time MLA R Roshan Baig missing in the fray from Shivajinagar for the first time in over three decades, the constituency in Bengaluru is all set to witness a tight contest this time around.

    18:46 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    IN PICS| Polling concludes in Karnataka
    18:31 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Cong accuses BJP of distributing cash in 3 constituencies on polling day, seeks EC action
    18:16 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Discussion on CM post in Cong laughable: K S Eshwarappa

    Taking a jibe at his political rivals Congress and JD(S), Karnataka RDPR Minister K S Eshwarappa said the chief minister's chair was not vacant yet for Congress leaders to hold discussions on deciding their CM nominee. "Let Siddarmaiah save his designation as the leader of opposition first before thinking about becoming the CM. Such discussions taking place in Congress and JD(S) camps are nothing but laughable," said the senior BJP leader.

    17:49 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    60% voters in 15 constituencies exercise franchise: EC at 5 pm

    As of 5 pm, an estimated 60% of voters on an average have exercised franchise for the Karnataka bye-elections to 15 constituencies. Here are the constituency-wise numbers:

    Athani - 70.73%
    Kagwad - 69.76%
    Gokak - 66.64%
    Yellapur - 72.23%
    Hirekerur - 72.42%
    Ranebennur - 67.92%
    Vijayanagar - 58.93%
    Chikkaballapura - 79.80%
    K R Pura - 37.50%
    Yeshwantpur - 48.34%
    Mahalakshmi Layout - 40.47%
    Shivajinagar - 41.13%
    Hoskote - 76.19%
    KR Pete - 75.87%
    Hunsur - 74.47%

    17:34 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka bypolls: Bengaluru constituencies record least voter turnout

    A fact that has remained unchanged since years, constituencies in Bengaluru Urban district has continued to record least voter turnout when compared to others. As of 5 pm, estimated voter turnouts, in four constituencies in the city where bypolls are held are as follows:

    Shivajinagar - 41.13%

    KRPuram - 37.50%

    MahalakshmiLayout - 40.47%

    Yeshwantpur - 48.34%

    16:20 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Hunsur: Villagers accuse police of insulting MLA, demands apology

    Villagers of Hosa Ramenahalli in Hunsur taluk accused police officials of insulting  Congress MLA C Anil and his supporters near a polling station. Protesting police action, they demanded an apology from the cops. However, the police, under the leadership of Mysuru Additional SP P V Sneha dispersed the crowd to ensure polling is continued smoothly. 

    15:44 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    46.62% voter turnout estimated till 3 pm: EC

    Here are the estimated figures, as of 3 pm across 15 constituencies on for bypolls in Karnataka:

    Athani - 56.05%

    Kagwad - 51.41%

    Gokak - 53.30%

    Yellapur - 56.21%

    Hirekerur - 56.60%

    Ranebennur - 53.50%

    Vijayanagar - 47.38%

    Chikkaballapura - 60.43%

    K R Pura - 29.25%

    Yeshwantpur - 38.83%

    Mahalakshmi Layout - 30.73%

    Shivajinagar - 32.72%

    Hoskote - 54.12%

    KR Pete - 59.86%

    Hunsur - 57.44%

    15:21 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    BJP government is pro-people, will win all 15 seats: Dy CM Laxman Savadi

    Expressing confidence of winning all 15 seats in the bypolls held in the state, Karnataka deputy chief minister Laxman Savadi said, "The BJP government has been doing pro-people work in the state. The people here want Yediyurappa to continue as chief minister and therefore will vote in favour of BJP candidates across 15 assembly constituencies."

    14:44 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    IN PICS| BBMP school students help senior citizens vote
    14:01 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    'Save Democracy' few people protest against the disqualified MLA's in KR Puram

    A group of people from KR Puram display banners saying ‘Save Democracy and KR Puram people will do it’ along with photo of former Solicitor General of India N Santosh Hegde outside a polling booth. According to them, the protest is against the disqualified MLA's.

    13:51 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    At 1 pm, all Bengaluru constituencies record over 20% voter turnout

    According to estimates from Bengaluru's local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), all 4 constituencies in the city have recorded over 20% voter turnout, as of 1 pm. 

    13:24 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    27.19% voter turnout estimated till 1 pm: EC

    Here are the estimated figures, as of 1 pm across 15 constituencies on for bypolls in Karnataka:

    Athani - 23.1%
    Kagwad - 21.34%
    Gokak - 37.37%
    Yellapur - 41.72%
    Hirekerur - 38.63%
    Ranebennur - 19.08%
    Vijayanagar - 20.03%
    Chikkaballapura - 39.30%
    K R Pura - 14.44%
    Yeshwantpur - 27.29%
    Mahalakshmi Layout - 22.71%
    Shivajinagar - 12.79%
    Hoskote - 33.24%
    KR Pete - 39.47%
    Hunsur - 38.20%

    12:58 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Voters in Mahalakshmi Layout question poll officials over missing names

    Voters in Mahalakshmi Layout question poll officials over missing names on the list. Mahalakshmi Layout (Gen) is in the Bengaluru Urban district and is a part of the Bangalore North Parliamentary constituency.

    K Gopalaiah won this seat as a JD(S) candidate in the 2018 Assembly election with a margin of 41,100 votes. JDS won this seat in the 2013 Assembly Elections with a margin of 15,370 votes and Congress won this seat in the 2008 Assembly Elections with a margin of 3,225 votes.

    12:57 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Congress MLA stopped near polling booth in Hunsur, stages protest

    HD Kote Congress MLA Anil Chikkamadu and his supporters stage protest outside a polling booth in Doodaramenahalli in Hunsur constituency. He was allegedly stopped by police officials from entering a polling booth and was asked to leave the area.

    12:53 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka bypolls: BJP up against some anger in 3 seats of flood-hit Belagavi

    Around the Kagwad and Athani region of Karnataka’s Belagavi district rows and rows of tractors laden with the year’s sugarcane produce can be seen on the roads rolling towards sugar factories. Missing from the rows of farmers waiting to get their sugarcane produce crushed at the factories are hundreds of farmers whose crops were wiped out by massive floods that occurred in Belagavi and surrounding districts in August this year.

    Nearly 1.7 lakh hectares of agricultural land was wiped out by the floods that hit Belagavi between August 5 and August 15. Read more

    12:44 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Dy CM Laxman Savadi casts vote in Athani

    Karnataka Deputy CM Laxman Savadi casts vote in Athani constituency, Belegavi.

    Athani (Gen) in the Belgaum district in North Karnataka is part of the Chikkodi Parliamentary constituency.

    Mahesh Iranagouda Kumathalli won this seat for Congress in the 2018 Assembly elections with a margin of 2,331 votes. He is contesting polls from the BJP ticket this time. BJP won this seat in the 2013 Karnataka Assembly Elections with a margin of 23,771 votes and in the 2008 Assembly Elections with a margin of 21,668 votes.

    12:03 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    17.60% voter turnout as of 11 am: CEO Karnataka

    Estimated voter turnout across 15 constituencies as of 11 am:

    Athani - 23.1%
    Kagwad - 21.34%
    Gokak - 20.45%
    Yellapur - 23.87%
    Hirekerur - 20.03%
    Ranebennur - 19.08%
    Vijayanagar - 20.03%
    Chikkaballapura - 20.78%
    K R Pura - 10.97%
    Yeshwantpur - 13.13%
    Mahalakshmi Layout - 15.71%
    Shivajinagar - 9.2%
    Hoskote - 22.39%
    KR Pete - 20.01%
    Hunsur - 19.12%

    11:57 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar, wife cast vote

    Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner B H Anil Kumar and his wife casts vote in Mount Carmel College in Shivajinagar constituency. 

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    karnataka bye-elections live updates: BJP, Congress, JDS bypolls news today Karnataka bye-elections live updates: Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. The BJP needs to win at least six of the 15 seats in the bye-elections to retain majority.

    Karnataka bye-elections live updates:

    Bypolls to 15 constituencies in Karnataka are scheduled for December 5. The seats fell vacant after 17 Congress-JD(S) alliance MLAs defected and were disqualified. Dates for bypolls to two of the 17 seats — Maski and RR Nagar — are yet to be announced.

    In 13 seats, the BJP has fielded Congress-JD(S) turncoats. The ruling party needs to win at least six of the 15 seats to retain its majority in the 224-member House. Election results will be out on December 9.

    The Karnataka government has declared a holiday for all government offices, schools and colleges on December 5 in view of the bypolls to the 15 Assembly constituencies. The holiday will be applicable only in the constituencies going for bypolls. Employees who are registered as voters in any of the poll-bound constituencies can avail of paid leave on December 5.

    There are 56 candidates are in the fray for four constituencies in Bengaluru. Here are the constituency-wise details and the previous Assembly election results of the 15 seats.

    READ: Bypolls to 15 seats in Karnataka: All you need to know

    The Congress hopes to retain the Krishnarajapura (KR Pura) Assembly constituency, a seat it held for two terms since 2013 until its sitting MLA Basavaraj Byrathi joined the BJP earlier this year.

    READ: Top Congress, BJP leaders descend upon KR Pura ahead of high-stakes contest

    With seven-time MLA R Roshan Baig missing in the fray from Shivajinagar for the first time in over three decades, the constituency in Bengaluru is all set to witness a tight contest this time around.

    READ | Civic woes, IMA scam impact hold the key in Shivajinagar