Karnataka by-polls: 6.33 per cent voter turnout recorded till 9 am


New Delhi: Karnataka recorded 6.33 per cent polling till 9 am in the by-elections on Thursday, said the Election Commission of India.

The elections for 15 out of 17 seats are being held today since the poll body has withheld the elections for two seats — Maski and Rajarajeshwari — as petitions against these Assembly constituencies are pending in the Karnataka High Court.

According to the poll body, Athani recorded 8.33 per cent voting, Kagawad ( 6.94 per cent), Gokak (6.11 per cent), Yellapur (7.54 per cent), Hirekerur (5.59 per cent), and Ranebennur (6.22 per cent).

In the other nine constituencies, the voter turn till 9 am is as follows: Vijayanagara – 6.50 per cent, Chikkaballapur – 6.91 per cent, K R Pura – 4.04 per cent, Yashwantpura – 4.19 per cent, Mahalakshmi layout – 8.21 per cent, Shivajinagar – 3.04 per cent, Hosakote – 9.01 per cent, K R Pete – 6.20 per cent and Hunasuru – 6.18 per cent.

These by-polls are crucial for all three major parties – BJP, Congress and JD(S) – contesting them. Apart from BJP and Congress which have fielded candidates in each of the 15 seats, there are over 100 independents. JD(S) is contesting on 12 seats going to the by-polls today.

In July, the Congress-JD(S) coalition government led by former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy collapsed after 17 of its MLAs resigned. The resignations also reduced the majority mark in the 224-strong Assembly to 104.

The BJP with its 105 MLAs formed the government in the state. Now with by-polls on these vacant seats, the majority mark would increase.

At present, there are 207 MLAs in Karnataka Assembly with 104 required for a majority. With the election of 15 MLAs, the number of MLAs in the Assembly would go to 222. With that, the ruling party would require 112 MLAs for a majority in the Assembly.

Elections for two other seats will be held in the future which will take the majority mark to 113. (ANI)