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Monday, 9 December 2019

Karnataka bypoll results LIVE Updates: Counting in 15 seats to seal fate of BS Yediyurappa government; BJP needs to win in at least 6 constituencies

08:57 (IST)

Postal balot counting concludes - BJP leads in eight seats


As the counting of postal ballots concludes, the BJP leads in eight seats — Hunsur, Kagwad, Krishnarajapura, Mahalakshmi Layout, Gokak, Hirekerur, Athani and Yellapur.

The Congress leads in Shivaji Nagar and Vijayanagara while the JD(S) leads in Krishnarajpet.

08:34 (IST)

BJP leads in nine seats, Congress, JD(S) in one seat each


Early trends based on postal ballot counting show BJP leading in nine seats, including Hunsur, Kagwad, Vijayanagara, Krishnarajapura, Mahalakshmi Layout, Gokak, Hirekerur, Athani and Yellapur, reported CNN-News18.

The Janata Dal (Secular) is leading in the Krishnarajpet seat and the Congress is leading in Shivaji Nagar.

Postal ballot are being counted first. The couting of votes cast in the ballot will begin at 9 am.

08:30 (IST)

Exit polls predict comfortable victory for BJP


Local exit polls have predicted that the BJP is likely to cruise to a comfortable majority. According to the exit poll of Power TV, a Kannada news channel, BJP is estimated to get a minimum of eight and a maximum of 12 seats in the bypolls.

Meanwhile, the Congress is likely to win three to six seats, while Janata Dal (Secular) might get zero to two seats.

Public TV, also a Kannada news channel, has estimated eight to 10 seats for BJP, three to five seats for Congress and one to two seats for JD(S).

08:23 (IST)

15 seats that went to polls on 5 December


Polling took place on 5 December in Karnataka in 15 seats - Athani, Kagawad, Gokak, Yellapur, Hirekerur, Ranebennur, Vijayanagara, Chikkaballapur, Hoskote, KR Puram, Yeswanthpur, Mahalakshmi Layout, Shivajinagar, Krishnarajpet and Hunsur.

A total number of 165 candidates were in the fray in these bypolls. While BJP and Congress contested in all the 15 seats, the JD(S) fielded candidates in 12.

08:19 (IST)

No bypolls in Maski, Rajarajeshwari Nagar

The fate of two disqualified MLAs will continue to be in limbo as elections were not held in two vacant seats — Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Maski — due to legal battles in the high court over the 2018 results.

08:15 (IST)

Counting begins at 15 counting centres in Karnataka


The counting is likely to conclude in the afternoon, sealing the fate of the BS Yediyurappa-led BJP government.

08:13 (IST)

RECAP | Bypolls were necessitated after disqualification of 17 rebel Congress, JD(S) MLAs


The bypolls were held to fill the vacancies caused by disqualification of 17 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs, whose revolt led to the collapse of the HD Kumaraswamy led coalition government in July and paved the way for BJP to come to power.​

BJP had fielded 13 of the 16 disqualified legislators, who joined the party after the Supreme Court allowed them to contest the bypolls, as its candidates from their constituencies from where they had won the 2018 Assembly elections on Congress and JD(S) tickets.

The outcome of the bypoll is crucial for BJP, which needs to win at least six seats to remain in a majority. Currently BJP has 105 MLAs (including an independent), the Congress 66 and the JD(S) 34. Besides, there is one BSP member, a nominated MLA and the Speaker.

08:10 (IST)

BJP will win 13 out of 15 seats, says BS Yediyurappa


Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said the BJP would win at least 13 of the 15 seats, while the opposition Congress and JD(S) would have to be content with just one each.

"Our party will carry out overall development of the state in the next three-and-half years. After the government completes its term, BJP will win at least 150 seats in the next assembly elections and come to power again, while Congress will continue to remain in the opposition," Yediyurappa told reporters.

BJP state chief Nalin Kumar Kateel said the party would win all the 15 seats.

Karnataka bypoll results LATEST Updates: Counting of votes following the bypolls in 15 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka will be held on Monday, sealing the fate of the BS Yediyurappa-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government that came to power merely four months ago.

Voting for these bypolls was held on 5 December, which saw an overall voter turnout of 67.91 percent. It will begin at 8 am at 11 centres and is likely to conclude by the afternoon.

The bypolls were held to fill the vacancies caused by the disqualification of 17 rebel Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs, whose revolt led to collapse of the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in July and paved the way for BJP to come to power. Twelve of the 15 seats were held by the Congress and three by JD(S). The assembly will still have two vacant seats, where bypolls were not due to pending litigations in high court.

To remain in power, the BJP needs to emerge victorious in at least six of the 15 seats.

Yediyurappa had won the confidence motion on 29 July after the effective strength of the 225-member assembly (including the Speaker) came down to 208 and the majority mark to 105, equivalent of BJP's current strength, following the disqualifications.

The BJP has 105 MLAs (including an independent), the Congress 66 and the JD(S) 34. Besides, there is one BSP member, a nominated MLA and the Speaker. Including the Chief Minister, currently there are 18 ministers in the cabinet, whose sanctioned strength is 34.

All arrangements, including security, have been made for the counting of votes. Prohibitory orders restricting assembly of people around the counting centre and activities that could disturb law and order have been clamped, PTI reported.

On the eve of counting, Yediyurappa told reporters here that his party would win at least 13 seats. "We will complete our term. Even people have the same expectations from us,” he said.

BJP had fielded 13 of the 16 disqualified legislators, who joined the party after the Supreme Court allowed them to contest the bypolls, as its candidates from their respective constituencies from where they had won in the 2018 assembly elections on Congress and JD(S) tickets.



December 09, 2019 at 08:06AM

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