Voting has started in 15 assembly constituencies in Karnataka for the crucial by-elections that can decide the fate of the BS Yediyurappa government in the state. Voting in these 15 assembly seats began at 7 am on Thursday and will end at 6 pm. Results for the by-polls will be declared on December 9.
The constituencies going to by-polls are Athani, Kagwad, Gokak, Yellapur, Hirekerur, Ranibennur, Vijayanagar, Chikballapur, KR Puram, Yeshwanthpur, Mahalakshmi Layout, Shivajinagar, Hoskote, KR Pet and Hunsur. People were seen standing in queues to cast their votes at various polling booths in different parts of the state.
The Karnataka by-elections were necessitated after the disqualification of 17 rebel Congress and JD(S) 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.
The BJP needs to win at least six of the 15 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.
Out 15 constituencies going to the by-polls, 12 were held by the Congress and three by the JD(S).
The BJP has fielded 13 of the 16 disqualified legislators who had joined the party, as its candidates from their respective constituencies from where they had won in the 2018 assembly elections on Congress and JD(S) tickets.
Polling officials said 884 polling stations have been marked critical and 414 stations will be manned by CAPF. The by-polls were earlier slated for October 21, but the EC had deferred them to December 5 after the apex court decided to hear the petitions of the disqualified MLAs.
Source- India Today