Stage set for Koppal bypoll in Karnataka

The contest will be mainly between BJP nominee Karadi Sanganna and Congress candidate Basavaraj Hitnal.

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2011, 18:41 PM IST

Koppal: All arrangements,
including tight security, have been made for Monday’s bye-election to Koppal Assembly constituency.

About 1.88 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their
franchise to decide the poll fortunes of 14 contestants,
including those of ruling BJP and Congress.

Electoral authorities have drafted about 1,000 personnel
for conducting the polling in 210 polling stations in the
constituency, official sources said.

Besides, around 2,000 police personnel have been deployed
to provide security cover.

The contest will be mainly between BJP nominee Karadi
Sanganna and Congress candidate Basavaraj Hitnal. Pradeep
Patil is trying his luck as JDS nominee.

The bypoll was necessitated to fill up the vacancy caused
by Sanganna who resigned the seat which he had won on a JDS
ticket in 2008 polls and defected to BJP in March.

Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda and his ministerial
colleagues have crises crossed the entire constituency to
ensure the victory of BJP candidate. However, Gowda has said
the outcome cannot be considered a referrendum on his
administration as he had assumed office barely two months ago.

The Congress Campaign was led by KPCC President G
Parameshawara and leader of Opposition in the Assembly
Siddaramaiah.

Counting of votes will take place on September 29.

PTI