Karnataka By Election HIGHLIGHTS: Polling concludes with over 60% voter turnout

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Updated:Dec 05, 2019 9:02:48 pm

Karnataka By Election Live, Karnatala Bypolls Live Update: The byelections are being 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.

Karnataka byelectionPolling gets underway in Karnataka for 15 Assembly seats.

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.

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    18:55 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Polling for Karnataka bypolls concludes

    Karnataka: Voting for Karnataka by-polls has concluded.  Here are some visuals from a polling station in Shivajinagar constituency in Bengaluru. 

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    18:53 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka BJP demands action against Congress MLA

    The Karnataka BJP writes to Election Commission to initiate action against Jevargi Congress MLA Ajay Singh alleging he was campaigning in Shivajinagar constituency. The by-election for 15 seats concluded in the state. 

    17:27 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Why this by-poll will decide the fate of BJP in Karnataka  

    In the assembly with the current strength of 208, the BJP has 105 MLAs (including an independent), the Congress 66 and the JD(S) has 34 MLAs. After polls on 15 seats, the House strength will go up to 223. Then the BJP needs to have 112 to retain power in the state. Therefore, the saffron party needs to win at least six of the 15 seats to remain in the majority in the 225-member assembly (including the Speaker, who has a casting vote) — which would still have two vacant seats (Maski and R R Nagar). 

    15:53 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka: Latest voter-turnout figures

    Voting for the 15 assembly constituencies is underway. Ten constituencies have recorded over 50 per cent turnout. The highest turnout is recorded in Chikkaballapur where 60% per cent people turned up to cast their votes. Here's seat-wise break-up.

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    15:40 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka: Latest voter-turnout figures

    The polling for the 15 assembly seats is currently underway. Krishnarajapete and Hunasuru have recorded 59.58% and 57.44% respectively. Look at the constituency-wise turnout.

    Karnataka: Latest voter-turnout figures for the 15 assembly constituencies in the state, that are up for by-polls. #KarnatakaBypolls pic.twitter.com/JIj4K4HAHH

    14:51 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka: Latest voter-turnout figures for the 15 assembly seats

    Voting for 15 seats is underway and the seat-wise turnout if from 20-40 per cent in different constituencies. Yellapur and Athani have recorded over 40% voter turnout. Here's seat-wise break-up. 

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    13:30 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    27.19% turnout till 1 PM

    According to the EC data, 27.19% voter turnout has been recorded till 1 pm. Athani - 23.1%, Kagwad - 21.34%, Gokak - 37.37%, Yellapur - 41.72%, Hirekerur - 38.63%, Ranebennur - 19.08%, Vijayanagar - 20.03%, Chikkaballapura - 39.30%, K R Pura - 14.44%, Yeshwantpur - 27.29%, Mahalakshmi Layout - 22.71%, Shivajinagar - 12.79%, Hoskote - 33.24%, KR Pete - 39.47% and Hunsur - 38.20%

    12:47 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    17.60% polling till 11 AM

    According to the Election Commission, the voter turnout is estimated 17.60% as of 11 am in the state.

    11:41 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka Assembly Bypolls 2019

    The Assembly bypolls were earlier slated for October 21, but the Election Commission had deferred them to December 5 after the Supreme Court decided to hear the petitions of the disqualified MLAs.

    11:12 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Chief Minister BSY urges people to vote in large numbers

    Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has urged the voters to come out and vote in large numbers as it was their right. "Only if there is 80-85 per cent voter turnout it will give a meaning to democratic system. As there is holiday in 15 constituencies going for polls, I request the electorate to come out and vote," he said.

    10:49 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka bypolls 2019: 165 candidates in fray

    A total number of 165 candidates -- 156 men and 9 women -- are in the fray. Among the major political parties, while BJP and Congress are contesting all the 15 seats while the JD(S) has fielded candidates in 12.

    10:22 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka bypolls: BJP fields 13 of the disqualified MLAs

    Thirteen of the disqualified MLAs have been fielded by the BJP after they joined the party last month following the Supreme Court allowing them to contest the bypolls. Among 15 constituencies going to the bypolls, 12 were held by Congress and three by JD(S).

    09:48 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka bypolls a direct contest between Congress and BJP

    Most of the constituencies going for the by polls are facing a direct contest between Congress and BJP but in the southern parts of the state, the JD(S) comes into the picture, making it a triangular fight. During the campaign, the BJP sought votes for "stability", while the Congress and JD(S) urged the electorate to defeat the disqualified legislators responsible for the collapse of their coalition government in July.

    09:38 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka Legislative Assembly current strength

    In the assembly with the current strength of 208 after the disqualifications, the BJP has 105 MLAs (including an independent), the Congress 66 and the JD(S) has 34 MLAs. There is also one BSP member, a nominated member and the Speaker.

    09:20 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka bypolls today: Chief Minister BSY says will sweep all 15 seats

    Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is telling voters that the four-month-old BJP government in Karnataka will sweep all 15 seats in the Assembly by-elections.

    08:57 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Why Assembly bypolls necessitated?

    The byelections are being held to fill the vacancies caused by the disqualification of 17 rebel Congress and JDS MLAs, whose rebellion led to the collapse of the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in July and paved the way for the BJP to come to power.

    08:49 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka bypolls: Outcome to decide BJP govt's fate

    The outcome of the Karnataka Assembly bypolls will determine the fate of Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa led BJP government. The BJP needs to win at least six of the seats to remain in majority in the 225-member assembly (including the Speaker, who has a casting vote), which would still have two vacant seats -- Maski and R R Nagar.

    08:28 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Ranebennur Assembly constituency (visuals)

    BJP candidate from Ranebennur Assembly constituency, Arun Kumar Guttur casts his vote at a polling station at Kodiyala Hospet in Ranebennur.

    08:14 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Latest visuals from Shivaji Nagar constituency

    The Shivaji Nagar is among 15 seats where polling is currently underway. Polling began at 7 AM amid tight security.

    07:55 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka Assembly byelection: 42,500 personnel deployed

    Out of total 42,509 personnel deployed for election management, 19,299 are polling personnel. As many as 11,241 personnel from state police and 2,511 Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) would be on security duty. A total of 884 polling stations have been marked critical and 414 stations will be manned by CAPF.

    07:50 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka byelection: over 37 lakh people to cast votes

    According to election officials, a total of 37,77,970 electors, including 18,42,027 women, are eligible to cast their votes in 4,185 polling stations in the bypolls. There are also 4,711 service voters.

    07:33 (IST)05 Dec 2019
    Karnataka Assembly bypolls: Voting begins

    Voting begins in 15 assembly constituencies of Karnataka. The seats are Athani, Kagawad, Gokak, Yellapur, Hirekerur, Ranebennur, Vijayanagara, Chikkaballapur, Hoskote, KR Pura, Yeswanthpur, Mahalakshmi Layout, Shivajinagar, Krishnarajpet and Hunsur.

    The bypolls were necessitated after 17 MLAs of then ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance resigned from the House. This enabled the BJP to gain majority in the 225-member Vidhan Soudha. Bypolls are, however, being to 15 seats. The fifteen seats are Athani, Chickballapur, Gokak, Hirekerur, Hosakote, Hunasuru, Kagwad, KR Pura, Krishnarahapete, Mahalakshmi Layout, Ranibennur, Shivajinagar, Vijayanagara, Yellapur, and Yeshwanthpur. Bypolls to Maski and RR Nagar seats haven’t been announced yet. Stakes are high for the ruling BJP as it needs six more seats to remain in power in the state.
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