MLC Election Results Karnataka 2021 Highlights: The ruling BJP on Tuesday fell one seat short of gaining a simple majority in the Karnataka Legislative Council. The party bagged 11 of the 25 seats, from 20 Local Authorities’ constituencies in the state, for which the biennial election was held on December 10, and counting was taken up yesterday, poll officials said. The opposition Congress also managed to clinch 11 seats, while the JD(S) won two seats. An independent candidate has managed to win one of the two seats in the prestigious Belagavi constituency, they said. With these results, BJP’s strength in the 75-member ‘Upper House’ has gone up from 32 to 37, while the Congress’ tally declined from 29 to 26, and the JD(S)’ numbers came down from 12 to 10. The voting for the biennial election to Karnataka Legislative Council’s 25 seats from 20 Local Authorities’ Constituencies was held on December 10 and around above 99 per cent voter turnout was recorded during the polls. There were a total of 90 candidates whose fates have been sealed in the ballot box. These include 20 each from BJP and Congress, six from JD(S), 33 Independents and the rest from smaller parties.
The election was necessitated as tenures of the MLCs are set to end on January 5. Of the 25 outgoing MLCs, 14 are from Congress, seven from BJP and four from JD(S). After the result, JD(S) leader and former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said that the Congress and the BJP had tacit understanding and they worked together to finish the JD(S). Kumaraswamy said that he is not concerned about the results and he is focussing on strengthening the party.