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Bangalore News April 23 Highlights: 61.77% polling in North Karnataka at 6 pm; third phase poll concludes peacefully

Polling concluded at 14 Lok Sabha constituencies from Karnataka, as the third phase of Lok Sabha elections took place in 15 states and 2 union territories today. The other 14 from the state had gone to the polls on April 18, recording 61.84% poll percentage

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP , Ralph Alex Arakal | Bengaluru | Updated: April 23, 2019 7:25:59 pm
Karnataka Lok Sabha Election 2019 Dates, Schedule: Here are all the details 61.77% voter turnout estimated in North Karnataka as polling time ends

Bangalore News Highlights

An average of 61.77% voters turned up in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of North Karnataka to pick an MP on April 23.

Six Kannadigas including JD(S) workers from Bengaluru and adjoining districts are confirmed killed in the serial blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Two members are still missing.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy confirmed that six Indians killed in the attacks are workers of his party and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in a tweet, confirmed death of two more Kannadigas.

Condemning the attack, HD Kumaraswamy tweeted, “I am deeply pained at the loss of our people in the Colombo attacks. Karnataka Chief Secretary is in constant touch with the Indian High Commission.”

The remaining 14 out of total 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka went to polls in the third phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections on 23 April.

Uttara Kannada, Shivamoga Davanagere, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Chikkodi, Bijapur, Raichur, Bidar,Gulbarga,Dharwad, Koppal, Haveri and Bellary, constituencies went to poll.

Prominent candidates in the fray include Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Union ministers Anant Kumar Hegde and Ramesh Jigajinagi, KPCC working president Eshwar Khandre and BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa’s son B Y Raghavendra.

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Bangalore News Highlights: Polling progresses at 14 Lok Sabha constituencies from Karnataka, as the third phase of Lok Sabha elections take place in 15 states and 2 union territories today

18:28 (IST)23 Apr 2019
61.77% voter turnout estimated in North Karnataka as polling time ends

An average of 61.77% voters turned up in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of North Karnataka to pick an MP on April 23.

Shivamogga tops the chart with the highest voter turnout (68.65%), Here are the estimates:

Chikkodi 68.53%
Belgaum 58.72%
Bagalkot 65.09%
Bijapur 58.27%
Gulbarga 52.74%
Raichur 51.75%
Bidar 56.90%
Koppal 63.43%
Bellary 63.40%
Haveri 63.22%
Dharwad 64.11%
Uttara Kannada 67.45%
Davanagere 66.70%
Shivamogga 68.65%

17:57 (IST)23 Apr 2019
BJP leader, Jagadish Shettar casts his vote in Hubballi-Dharwad

Former Karnataka Chief Minister and BJP leader, Jagadish Shettar casts his vote at a polling booth in Hubballi-Dharwad.

17:53 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Rainfall forecast (for next 24 hours) by KSNDMC

Light to moderate rain is forecast for North-East Karnataka where polling for Lok Sabha elections is underway.

17:32 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Pedestrians get their space on Bengaluru's Kalasipalya road

Bangalore traffic police take up footpath encroachment clearance drive in and around Kalasipalya area.

17:15 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Uttara Kannada votes most (65.68%) while Bijapur trails at 44.83% voter turnout

At 5 pm, Uttara Kannada votes most (65.68%) while Bijapur trails at 44.83% voter turnout

LIVE polling trends of 14 constituencies in Karnataka are as follows:

Chikkodi 60.26%
Belgaum 57.57%
Bagalkot 63.78%
Bijapur 44.83%
Gulbarga 52.18%
Raichur 51.71%
Bidar 56.87%
Koppal 60.66%
Bellary 61.58%
Haveri 63.22%
Dharwad 60.99%
Uttara Kannada 65.68%
Davanagere 63.35%
Shivamogga 66.33%

17:10 (IST)23 Apr 2019
BJP filed a complaint against senior Congress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge

BJP Karnataka has filed a complaint with the Chief Election Officer of Karnataka against senior Congress Leader and party candidate for Kalaburagi  Mallikarjun Kharge for entering polling station along with his wife and casting votes together in the voting compartment.

16:44 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Rain affects polling in Uttara Kannada district

Heavy rain along with gusty winds have affected polling in Uttara Kannada Lok Sabha constituency.

16:32 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Karnataka LIVE Lok Sabha elections: Karnataka sees 50.03% polling at 4 PM

LIVE polling trends of 14 constituencies in Karnataka are as follows:

Chikkodi 55.50%
Belgaum 48.66%
Bagalkot 52.09%
Bijapur 43.83%
Gulbarga 42.01%
Raichur 45.95%
Bidar 47.07%
Koppal 52.17%
Bellary 51.91%
Haveri 50.24%
Dharwad 51.59%
Uttara Kannada 53.48%
Davanagere 53.90%
Shivamogga 54.88%

15:51 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Karnataka sees 49.96% polling at 3 PM

Karnataka sees 49.96% polling at 3 PM


Chikkodi - 52.98%
Belgaum - 48.66%
Bagalkot - 52.09%
Bijapur - 43.83%
Gulbarga - 38.94%
Raichur - 43.02%
Bidar - 47.04%
Koppal - 51.13%
Bellary - 48.61%
Haveri - 50.24%
Dharwad - 51.28%
Uttara Kannada - 53.48%
Davanagere - 51.67%
Shimoga - 53.30%

15:47 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Modi chanting in railway station goes viral in social media

Modi chanting 'flash mob' travellers boarding a train at Yeshwanthpur station in Bangalore, going to vote in North Karnataka.

15:27 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka bombings: Seven JD(S) workers among 10 Indians killed in attacks

The Indian High Commission in Colombo confirmed Tuesday that two more Indians were killed in the Sri Lanka bomb blasts, taking the toll of Indian nationals to 10. The two deceased were identified as A Maregowda and H Puttaraju, workers from the JD(S) party in Karnataka who were declared missing on Monday.

Read: Sri Lanka bombings: Seven JD(S) workers among 10 Indians killed in attacks

14:46 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Bengaluru Airport: 173 Singapore-bound passengers have harrowing time due to verbal threat

Singapore based Scoot Airlines flight from Bangalore to Singapore was delayed for more than 10 hours overnight on April 23 due to a security threat, arising out a false statement made by a foreign national on the flight.

Read: Bengaluru Airport: 173 Singapore-bound passengers have harrowing time due to verbal threat

13:17 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Karnataka LIVE Lok Sabha elections: Uttara Kannada votes most (39.87%) while Bijapur trails at 18.99% voter turnout

At 1 pm, Uttara Kannada votes most (39.87%) while Bijapur trails at 18.99% voter turnout.

LIVE polling trends of 14 constituencies in Karnataka are as follows:

Chikkodi 30.32%
Belgaum 25.91%
Bagalkot 38.08%
Bijapur 18.99%
Gulbarga 25.26%
Raichur 20.04%
Bidar 26.04%
Koppal 21.80%
Bellary 31.01%
Haveri 25.39%
Dharwad 29.68%
Uttara Kannada 39.87%
Davanagere 33.17%
Shivamogga 31.01%

13:00 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Priyank Kharge and his wife Shruthi Kharge casts their votes

Karnataka Minister for Social Welfare, Priyank Kharge and his wife Shruthi Kharge casts their votes in Gundagurti village, in Kalaburagi Lok Sabha constituency.

12:50 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Voting pattern in North Karnataka is better than South: Ratna Prabha

Former Karnataka Chief Secretary also BJP leader Ratna Prabha said in a tweet, "North Karnataka voting pattern seems to be much better than South."

Ratna Prabha has joined the BJP at a public rally in Kalaburgi, North Karnataka recently. An IAS officer of 1981 batch, Prabha was appointed the Chief Secretary in the state during the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in 2017.

12:44 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Mallikarjun Kharge casts his vote in Gulbarga

Senior Congress leader and Gulbarga constituency candidate Mallikarjun Kharge casts his vote. 

12:15 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Anant Kumar Hegde casts vote with wife

Two-time MP from Uttara Kannada Anant Kumar Hegde has cast his vote with his wife Sriroopa at Karwar.  The BJP candidate is confident of a hat-trick win 

12:05 (IST)23 Apr 2019
21.05% polling in Karnataka till 12 noon; Shimoga records most (24.78%)

As Lok Sabha elections are in progress in 14 constituencies of North Karnataka, voter turnout has reached 21.05% (till 12 noon). 

While Shimoga records 24.78% polling, Haveri has recorded the least voter turnout (18.10%). 

11:53 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Taluk Panchayat officer drives specially-abled voters in auto, wins hearts

In what is seen as a noble yet responsible gesture, a Taluk panchayat officer chose to bring specially abled voters to the polling station in an autorickshaw driven by himself. 

The officer has been identified as D. Mohan, Panchayat Executive Officer. 

10:29 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Bangalore Weather Update

Weather at 10 am in Bangalore:  28-degree celsius

As the third phase of Lok Sabha elections take place in 15 states and 2 union territories today, Karnataka will witness polling for 14 constituencies - namely Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere, and Shimoga

Read more: BJP fights Bellary Lok Sabha seat without Reddy brothers

Notably, polling is underway in 117 constituencies across the nation - the most lined up in the seven-phased elections this time.

Know more: Lok Sabha elections: Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi in fray as third phase at polls 

Four JD(S) workers from Karnataka were killed in the serial blasts that ripped through Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy confirmed on April 22 that four of the five Indians killed in the attacks are workers of his party, and that three others are missing.

Read more: Sri Lanka bomb blasts - Six JD(S) workers from Bengaluru killed, two missing

Here are a few contacts that might come handy for you in emergency situations: BBMP Control room: 080-22221188 In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit at your area, contact BWSSB: 1916.