Karnataka Assembly Bypolls Live Updates: Candidates Step Out To Vote

Karnataka Assembly Bypolls: Voting has started in 15 assembly constituencies across Karnataka today with the ruling BJP government hoping to win at least six to remain in power.

Karnataka Assembly Bypolls Live Updates: Candidates Step Out To Vote

Karnataka Assembly Bypolls: Voting has started in 15 assembly constituencies across Karnataka.

New Delhi:

Voting has started in 15 assembly constituencies across Karnataka today with the ruling BJP government hoping to win at least six to remain in power. Polling began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm. As many as 37.78 lakh people are expected to cast their votes.

The by-elections are being held to fill the vacancies caused due to the disqualification of 17 rebel Congress and Janata Dal-Secular MLAs, whose rebellion led to the collapse of the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in July and paved the way for the BJP to take over in its stead.

The BJP needs to win at least six to retain its majority in the 225-member assembly, which would still have two vacant ones in Maski and RR Nagar. The BJP currently has 105 MLAs (including an independent) while the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular have 66 and 34 respectively. There is also a Bahujan Samaj Party member, a nominated member and the Speaker.
 

Here are the live updates on Karnataka Assembly Bypolls

Dec 05, 2019 15:12 (IST)
Latest turnout figures for the 15 assembly constituencies.

Latest voter-turnout figures for the 15 assembly constituencies in the state, that are up for by-polls.
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Dec 05, 2019 13:17 (IST)
Deputy CM Laxman Savadi casts his vote
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi exercised his franchise for the assembly by-polls at a polling booth in Athani constituency on Thursday morning. According to the Election Commission of India, Athani recorded 8.33 per cent voting till 9 am in the morning today.

Dec 05, 2019 11:22 (IST)
Constituency-wise Turnout Till 9.26 am
Turnout in constituencies going for bypolls till 9:26 am: Athani- 8.33 per cent, Kagwad- 6.94, Gokak- 6.11, Yellapur-7.54, Hirekerue- 5.59, Ranebennur- 6.22, Vijayanagara- 6.5, Chikkaballapur- 6.91, K R Puram- 4.04, Yeshwanthpura- 4.19, Mahalakshi layout- 8.21, K R Pete- 6.2, and Hunsur- 6.18. 
Dec 05, 2019 11:20 (IST)
Highest and lowest turnout
According to voter turnout figures available till 9:26 am, highest turnout of 9.01 per cent was recorded in Hoskote, while the lowest was in Shivajinagar with 3.04 per cent.
Dec 05, 2019 10:51 (IST)
6.06 Per Cent Voter Turn Out In First 2 Hours
An estimated 6.06 per cent of voting took place during the first two hours since polling began in 15 assembly constituencies going bypolls in Karnataka on Thursday.

Dec 05, 2019 10:34 (IST)
Pictures of polling in Gokak Assembly Constituency
Belagavi (Gokak): Voting underway at a polling station for by-poll to Gokak Assembly Constituency.

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Dec 05, 2019 10:34 (IST)
Pictures of polling in Gokak Assembly Constituency
Belagavi (Gokak): Voting underway at a polling station for by-poll to Gokak Assembly Constituency.

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Dec 05, 2019 09:40 (IST)
People queue up at a polling station in Hoskote
People queue up at a polling station in Hoskote, to cast their votes.

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Dec 05, 2019 09:39 (IST)
Bengaluru: Pictures from Shivaji Nagar Constituency
Voting for by-election to Shivaji Nagar Constituency, underway at BBMPPU College and High School, Tasker Town.
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