Karnataka by-polls Updates: Voting has concluded for the by-election to three Lok Sabha — Bellary (reserved), Mandya and Shimoga and two Assembly seats — Ramanagara and Jamkhandi in Karnataka. According to an Election Commission official, voting began at 7 am on a moderate pace amid tight security. The voting process will go on till 6 pm.
There are 6,543 polling booths across the 5 constituencies. A total 31 candidates are in the fray. According to poll body, a total of 54.5 lakh electorate, comprising 27.2 lakh men and 27.3 lakh women, are eligible to take part in the voting process.
The main contest is between the ruling coalition of Congress-JD(S) and opposition BJP. The by-polls are seen as a litmus test for the ruling alliance as it will determine the future of the government in the state where the Congress plays the role of a junior partner despite having more number of seats than the JD(S) of HD Kumaraswamy.