60 per cent polling in Karna bypoll

About 60 per cent of nearly 3.87 lakh electorate cast their franchise in the bye-elections to Gulbarga South and Kadur Assembly constituencies today.

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2010, 00:12 AM IST

Gulbarga/Kadur: About 60 per cent of
nearly 3.87 lakh electorate cast their franchise in the
bye-elections to Gulbarga South and Kadur Assembly
constituencies today.

The voting passed off peacefully, Karnataka Chief
Electoral Officer C S Suranjan told reporters here.

The Gulbarga South had a turnout of 55 per cent out of
the 2.10 lakh eligible voters and in Kadur about 65 per cent
of 1.77 lakh voters exercised their franchise.

The fortunes of fourteen candidates will be known when
the counting takes place on September 16.

Dr Ajay Singh, son of former chief minister and MP N
Dharam Singh, is seeking to make his debut into the state
assembly from Gulbarga Dakshin, where the ruling BJP has
fielded its MLC Sushil Namoshi, hoping to retain the seat
which fell vacant following the death of its member
Chandrasekhara Patil Revoor.

JDS managed to rope in Aruna Patil, wife of Revoor
after BJP denied her ticket and fielded her in Gulbarga with a
hope to encash the sympathy factor.

The bye-election has turned into a battle of prestige
for BJP, Congress and JDS.

In Kadur too, where the bypoll was necessitated after
the demise of Congress member K Krishnamurthy, it is a contest
involving the three parties.

PTI