Karnataka bypolls: Polling has concluded for 15 assembly seats in Karnataka. An estimated 60 per cent of voter turnout was recorded till 5:30. As per the figures available, Chikkaballapura witnessed the highest turnout of 79.8 per cent and KR Puram in Bengaluru saw the lowest of 37.5 per cent. Bengaluru recorded comparatively lower turnout, Mahalakshi layout-40.47 per cent, Shivajinagar- 41.13. Turnout in other constituencies are: Athani- 70.73 per cent, Kagwad- 69.76, Gokak- 66.64, Yellapur- 72.23, Hirekerur- 72.42, Ranebennur- 67.92, Vijayanagara- 58.93, Yeshwanthpura- 48.34, Hoskote- 76.19, K R Pete- 75.87, and Hunsur- 74.47.
The results will be declared on December 9. The results will determine the fate of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa-led BJP government in the state. A total of 37.78 lakh electors were eligible to cast their votes. The byelections were held to fill the vacancies caused by the disqualification of 17 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs. They had resigned from the Assembly in July, paving the way for the BJP to come to power. The saffron party needs to win at least six of the seats to remain in majority in the 225-member Legislative Assembly. The BJP has fielded 13 of the 16 disqualified MLAs as its candidates from their respective constituencies from where they had won in the 2018 assembly elections on Congress and JDS tickets. A total number of 165 candidates (156 men and 9 women) are in the fray.