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Karnataka Assembly bypoll results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: BJP govt retains majority after winning 12 of 15 seats; Congress gets 2

Karnataka Assembly bypoll results 2019, Karnataka bye-election results 2019 today HIGHLIGHTS: With the BJP posting an emphatic victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an election rally in Jharkhand said that the voters had punished the Congress for "manipulating the mandate" that people had given to the saffron party.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, New Delhi | Updated: December 10, 2019 8:43:55 am
Bengaluru: State Tourism Minister CT Ravi being offered sweet by BJP supporters after the party won in 11 out of 15 assembly constituencies of Karnataka securing the position of Yediyurappa-led BJP government in the state, in Bengaluru. (PTI)

Karnataka Assembly bypoll results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS:  The ruling BJP on Monday retained its majority in the Karnataka Assembly after it bagged 12 out of 15 seats in the byelections. The Congress, which won 12 of these 15 seats in the 2018 Assembly polls, has won only two seats (Hunsur and Shivajinagar). One seat (Hosakote) was won by an Independent candidate.

With the BJP posting an emphatic victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an election rally in Jharkhand said that the voters had punished the Congress for “manipulating the mandate” that people had given to the saffron party.

Meanwhile, after the party’s poor show in the polls, senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah resigned as the Congress Legislature Party leader. “I deem it necessary to step down as Leader of the CLP by taking moral responsibility”, he wrote in a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. State Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao also tendered his resignation.

Elections were held on December 5 to the Yellapur, Ranebennur, Vijayanagara, Yeshwantpur, Mahalakshmi Layout, Chikkaballapura, KR Puram, Shivajinagar, KR Pete, Hunsur, Athani, Kagwad, Gokak, Hirekerur, and Hoskote seats. This was necessitated after 17 rebel MLAs from the Congress and JD(S) defected to the BJP in July and were disqualified by the Speaker.

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Karnataka Assembly bypoll results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Elections were held on December 5 to the Yellapur, Ranebennur, Vijayanagara, Yeshwantpur, Mahalakshmi Layout, Chikkaballapura, KR Puram, Shivajinagar, KR Pete, Hunsur, Athani, Kagwad, Gokak, Hirekerur, and Hoskote seats. Follow HIGHLIGHTS in Malayalam, Tamil, Bangla

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    19:37 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Karnataka bypoll results: BJP wins 12 out of 15 seats to retain majority; 11 defectors re-elected

    In a boost to the BS Yediyurappa-led BJP in Karnataka, the party retained its majority in the Assembly by winning 12 out of the 15 seats that went to bypolls this month. The Congress managed to win only two seats (Hunasuru and Shivajinagar), while an Independent candidate, Sharath Bachegowda, who was earlier expelled from the BJP for anti-party activities, won from Hoskote. As many as 11 BJP winners were those who defected from the Congress and JD(S). Click here to know more.

    (PTI)
    18:51 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Karnataka Assembly bypoll: Final results announced

    BJP: 12
    Congress: 2
    Independent: 1

    18:04 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Thank people for their unwavering faith in BJP: Amit Shah

    "I thank people of Karnataka for their unwavering faith in BJP. Our government will continue to transform Karnataka under the guidance of PM Narendra Modi," Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted.

    17:57 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Voters rejected parties who "stole" mandate: Devendra Fadnavis

    BJP leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday welcomed the outcome of Karnataka assembly bypolls.

    Fadnavis said the voters rejected parties who "stole" mandate for the sake of power, apparently referring to the Congress and the JD(S) joining hands to keep the BJP, which had emerged as the single-largest political formation after the 2018 Karnataka assembly polls, out of power.

    "In the very first chance they get, this is how voters react to opportunist politics and stealing of mandate by rejected parties by coming together for the sake of power! Karnataka Bypolls result proves that people won’t tolerate if someone tries to play with public mandate and wish," Fadnavis said in a tweet.

    17:07 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    BJP retains majority after winning 11 of 15 seats; Congress gets 2

    (Source: EC)

    16:49 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    BJP candidate wins Yeshvanthapura seat

    BJP candidate S T Somashekar has won the Yeshvanthapura seat, defeating TN Gowda of the JDS by a margin of 27,699 votes

    16:46 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Will give detailed report to Congress president: Gundu Rao

    "Taking moral responsibility, I am submitting resignation as a president of KPCC. I will send my resignation to AICC president and AICC general secretary," Rao said, adding that he will meet the Congress president and give her a detailed report.

    16:30 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    After Siddaramaiah, state Congress chief Gundu Rao resigns

    "We accept the mandate in Karnataka. I was given a free-hand during bypolls by AICC to choose the candidates for the bypoll. I have given my resignation to the post of KPCC President,” Dinesh Gundu Rao said while addressing media.

    16:21 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Hosakote election results: Independent candidate Sharath Bachegowda wins

    BJP rebel and Independent candidate Sharath Kumar Bachegowda won the Hosakote seat. He defeated BJP's MTB Nagaraj by a margin of 11,486 seats.

    16:16 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Hirekerur bypoll results: BJP wins by over 29,000 votes

    BJP candidate B C Patil has won the Hirekerur constituency, defeating Bannikod Hanumantappa of the Congress by 29,067 votes.

    16:10 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    BJP wins Kagwad seat

    The Kagwad seat has been won by BJP's Balasaheb Patil, who defeated Congress candidate Bharamgouda Alagouda Kage by 18,557 votes.

    16:07 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Regret not being able to give satisfactory results in bye-elections: Siddaramaiah

    "Express my sincere regrets for not being able to give satisfactory results in the recently concluded bye-elections held to Karnataka Legislative Assembly despite my sincere efforts," Siddaramaiah said in a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

    "I deem it necessary to step as Leader of CLP by taking moral responsibility," he adds.

    15:51 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Need to respect democracy: Siddaramaiah

    "As a leader of legislative party, I need to respect democracy. I have resigned as Congress Legislative Party leader. I have submitted my resignation to Sonia Gandhi," Siddaramaiah was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

    15:43 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Siddaramaiah resigns as Congress Legislative Party leader

    Siddaramaiah resigns as Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader. He said he has submitted his resignation to Sonia Gandhi. 

    15:40 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Will give stable, pro-development govt: Yediyurappa

    Jubilant after the BJP's performance in the bypolls, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said that he would give a stable and pro-development government for the next three-and-half years-- the remainder of his term.

    "Voters have given their verdict and the results are out. Now we have to focus on the development of the state. I will give a good administration in the next three-and-half years with the help of our ministers and MLAs," Yediyurappa was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

    (Source: Twitter/BSYBJP)
    15:25 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    BJP opens maiden account in Vokkaliga bastion of Mandya

    The ruling BJP in Karnataka recorded its first-ever win in the Vokkaliga bastion of Mandya district. BJP candidate Narayana Gowda defeated B L Devaraj of JDS by over 9,700 votes in K R Pete of Mandya district, which has been dominated by Congress and JD(S) for decades. (PTI)

    14:39 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Mahalakshmi Layout: BJP's K Gopalaiah wins seat

    The Mahalakshmi Layout seat has been won by BJP's K Gopalaiah, who defeated Congress candidate M Shivaraju by 54,386 votes.

    14:15 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Congress wins Hunasuru seat in Karnataka

    The Congress has registered its first win in the bypolls, taking the Hunasuru seat. H P Manjunath defeats BJP candidate Adagooru H Vishwanath by 39,727 votes. Hunsur falls in the Mysuru district and is part of the Mysore Lok Sabha constituency.

    14:04 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Karnataka bypoll results: BJP wins Ranibennur and Krishnarajapete seats

    Ranibennur constituency has been won by BJP candidate Arunkumar Guththur. He has defeated Congress candidate K B Koliwad by a margin of 23,222 votes. Meanwhile, the party has also registered a win in the Krishnarajapete seat. Its candidate Narayan Gowda has defeated JD(S) candidate B L Devaraj by 9,731 votes. 

    13:55 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Vijayanagara bypoll results: BJP wins by over 30,000 votes

    BJP candidate Anand Singh has won the Vijayanagara constituency, defeating V Y Ghorpade of the Congress by 30,125 votes. Vijayanagara (Gen) is a constituency in the Bellary district, central Karnataka region, and is part of the Bellary Parliamentary constituency. Anand Singh won this seat for the Congress in the 2018 Assembly election with a margin of 8,228 votes. 

    Outside Mount Carmel College counting station in Bengaluru on Friday. (Express Photo: Ralph Alex Arakal)

    Karnataka Assembly Bye-Election Results 2019 LIVE Updates: yediyurappa government fate to be decided today Karnataka Bypoll Results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. (File photo)

    As bypolls to 15 constituencies across nine districts of Karnataka were held Thursday, 66.25 per cent electors cast their vote, official statistics from the Election Commission of India indicated. The 15 seats that went to polls on Thursday (December 5) were Yellapur, Ranebennur, Vijayanagara, Yeshwantpur, Mahalakshmi Layout, Chikkaballapura, KR Puram, Shivajinagar, KR Pete, Hunsur, Athani, Kagwad, Gokak, Hirekerur, and Hoskote.

    However, elections to two seats — Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Maski — were not held as separate election petitions challenging the results of the 2018 elections are still pending in the Karnataka High Court.

    While the highest turnout was recorded in Hoskote (86.77 per cent), situated 30 kilometres from Bengaluru city, all four constituencies in the capital Bengaluru witnessed a poor turnout.

    Karnataka bye-elections: Read highlights from the December 5 polls

    The two political rivals — the BJP and the Congress party — accused each other of violating the Model Code of Conduct even on election day. The Congress wrote to the Election Commission (EC) demanding action against BJP leaders and associates for allegedly distributing cash to voters in three constituencies – Yellapur, KR Puram, and Yeshwantpur.

    “We also urge to find out the BJP leaders and workers who distributed cash… and take action against them to uphold the laws of the land and in the interest of free and fair elections,” the letter addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) read.

    Meanwhile, the BJP wrote to the CEC seeking action against Jewargi Congress MLA Ajay Jewargi for allegedly campaigning in Shivajinagar for Congress candidate Rizwan Arshad on polling day.

    Explained: What led to the Karnataka bypolls, and why do they matter?

    Karnataka Assembly Bypoll Results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Why the polls were held

    The bye-elections were a result of a slew of events that began after the results of 2018 Assembly elections in the state came out. The BJP won 104 seats, the Congress 80, and the JD-S 37 seats in the 224-member House. Three seats were won by others.

    After the BJP failed to muster a majority after three days of BS Yediyurappa being Chief Minister, the Congress and JD(S), whose leaders had forged an alliance soon after the results, formed the government with H D Kumaraswamy as CM.

    In July 2019, 14 MLAs from the Congress and three from the JD(S) quit the Assembly. The resignations were seen as linked to an attempt by the BJP to topple the state government.

    As the 17 rebels stayed away from the Assembly, the Congress-JD-S government collapsed during a trust vote on July 23. The BJP staked claim to form a new government under Yediyurappa on July 26.

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    In the interim, however, on July 25 and 28, then Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar issued two separate orders under the anti-defection law, disqualifying the 17 MLAs from the House and barring them from contesting elections during the tenure of the current Assembly (which is until 2023).

    The MLAs moved the Supreme Court asking that the Speaker’s orders be quashed. The Congress and JD-S too approached the court, seeking enforcement of the disqualifications.

    On September 27, the Election Commission announced by-elections to 15 of the 17 vacant seats. On November 13, the Supreme Court passed an order upholding the disqualification of the 17 rebel MLAs by then Speaker Ramesh Kumar but allowed them to contest the byelections.

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