46.62% voter turnout in Karnataka By-polls as BJP eyes on retaining power

The seats fell vacant after 17 rebel MLAs from the Congress and JD(S) parties defected to the BJP in a bid to bring down the coalition government.

By Siddhu Manchikanti, December 05, 2019 17:23 IST

Bypolls to 15 constituencies across Karnataka are being held Thursday, which will decide the fate of the four-month-old Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa-led BJP government.
 
The voter turnout, according to Election Commission of India statistics, estimated at 46.62% percent as of 3 pm in the state.
 
Over 38 lakh voters had expected to vote in 15 constituencies in the crucial by-polls held today, between 7 am and 6 pm. The results will get declared on Monday, December 9.
 
The seats fell vacant after 17 rebel MLAs from the Congress and JD(S) parties defected to the BJP in a bid to bring down the coalition government. The MLAs were subsequently disqualified from the House but allowed the contest today’s polls.
 
Elections to two seats - Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Maski have not getting held today as separate election petitions challenging the results of the 2018 elections are pending in the Karnataka High Court.
 
In 13 of the 15 seats, the BJP has fielded Congress-JD(S) turncoats. The ruling party needs to win at least six of the 15 seats, or seven out of 17, to retain its majority.

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