Karnataka assembly by-election live updates: 60% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm, says EC
The by-election is being held in Athani, Kagwad, Gokak, Yellapura, Hirekerur, Ranibennur, Vijaynagara, Chickballapura, KR Pura, Yeshwanthpura, Mahalakshmi Layout, Shivajinagara, Hosakote, KR Pete and Hunsur.
BENGALURU: Polling is currently underway in 15 assembly seats of Karnataka on Thursday amid tight security arrangements. The counting of votes will be held on December 9. The by-election is being held in Athani, Kagwad, Gokak, Yellapura, Hirekerur, Ranibennur, Vijaynagara, Chickballapura, KR Pura, Yeshwanthpura, Mahalakshmi Layout, Shivajinagara, Hosakote, KR Pete and Hunsur. The by-election has been necessitated due to the disqualification of the 14 Congress and 3 Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) rebel legislators after they resigned from their respective assembly seats in July in protest against the former coalition government`s functioning.
The by-election is not being held in two seats - Maski and Rajarajeshwari - as the petitions against these Assembly constituencies are pending in the Karnataka High Court.
These by-polls are being considered very crucial for all three major parties contesting in these polls - BJP, Congress and JD(S). Apart from BJP and Congress, which has fielded candidates in each of 15 seats. As many as 248 candidates, including 128 independents are in the fray for the 15 assembly by-elections in Karnataka on December 5, according to the state Election Commission. JD(S) is contesting on 12 seats going to by-polls today. In July, the Congress-JD(S) coalition government led by former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had collapsed after 17 of its MLAs resigned.
The resignations also reduced the majority mark in 224-strong Assembly to 104. The BJP with its 105 MLAs formed the government in the state. Now with by-polls on these vacant seats, the majority mark would increase. At present, there are 207 MLAs in Karnataka Assembly with 104 required for a majority. Now with the election of 15 MLAs, the number of MLAs in the Assembly would go to 222.
With that, the ruling party would require 112 MLAs for a majority in the Assembly. Elections for two other seats will be held in future which will take the majority mark to 113.
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The voting turnout in the Karnataka bypoll, as of 5 pm, was recorded at 60 per cent.
Here's the constituency-wise turnout till 11 am: 23.10 % in Athani, 21.34 % in Kagwad, 20.45 % in Gokak, 23.87 % in Yellapur and 20.03 % in Hirekeru. In Ranibennur, the voting percentage was 19.08 %, 20.03 % per cent in Vijayanagara, 20.78 per cent in Chikkaballapur, 10.97 per cent in KR Pura, 13.13 per cent in Yeshwantpura, 15.71 per cent in Mahalakshmi Layout and 9.20 per cent in Shivajinagar. In Hosakote, 22.39 per cent voting was recorded, 20.1 per cent in Krishnarajapete and 19.12 per cent in Husunuru, according to the Election Commission said.
An estimated 17.06 per cent turnout has been registered till 11 am since polling began in 15 assembly constituencies in Karnataka today.
Nearly 6.33 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in Karnataka assembly by-election till 9 am, according to the EC.
BJP candidate from Ranebennur Assembly constituency, Arun Kumar Guttur casts his vote at a polling station at Kodiyala Hospet in Ranebennur.
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Voting for by-election to Shivaji Nagar Constituency underway at Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Girls High School and PU College, Tasker Town.
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Voting for Karnataka by-election begins; 15 assembly seats of the state are undergoing by-poll today after they fell vacant due to disqualification of 17 Congress and JD(S) rebel MLAs.