Bengaluru: The counting of votes for Jamkhandi and Ramanagara assembly seats and Shivamogga, Ballari and Mandya Lok Sabha seats, which went to polls on Saturday, began at 8 am on Tuesday.
Votes will be counted for Karnataka by-elections to two assembly and three Lok Sabha seats. This election is termed as the semi-final before the 2019 general elections as both state’s ruling Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance and the Bharatiya Janata Party are contesting for the seats. While it is a battle for pride in the three Lok Sabha seats of Ballari, Mandya and Shivamogga, the assembly seat results could either reinforce or weaken the Congress-JD(S) alliance’s majority in the state.
While the BJP put up candidates in all five seats, the Congress-JD(S) alliance worked out a seat-sharing arrangement as a result of which the Congress is contesting one parliamentary and assembly seat and the JD(S) the rest three.
Emerging as the single largest party after assembly elections in May, BJP won 104 of the 224 seats but failed to form the government.
Here are LIVE updates of today’s by-poll in Karnataka:
10:30 am: INC leads in Jamkhandi and Ballari, JD(S) leads in Ramnagara and Mandya; BJP leads in Shivamogga
09:50 am: JD(S) leading by 1,09,066 votes over BJP in Mandya parliamentary seat after counting of votes in round 5.
09:40 am: JD(S)' S Madhubangarappa leads over BJP's BY Raghavendra by 1,414 votes in the 2nd round of counting in Shivamogga parliamentary seat.
09:35 am: INC's Anand Siddu Nyamagouda leads with 9,555 votes in Jamkhandi, Congress' VS Ugrappa leads with 64,000 votes in Ballari and JD(S)' Anitha Kumaraswamy leading with 18,766 votes in Ramnagaram
09:30 am: Congress' VS Ugrappa leading over BJP's J Shantha by 45,808 votes in Ballari parliamentary seat after counting of votes for round 3.
09:25 am: BJP's BY Raghavendra leading over JD(S)' S Madhubangarappa by 3,906 votes in the 1st round of counting in Shivamogga parliamentary seat
09:20 am: INC's Anand Siddu Nyamagouda leads over BJP's Kulkarni Shrikant Subrao by 7,149 votes in 4 rounds in Jamkhandi assembly seat. JD(S)' Anitha Kumaraswamy leads over BJP's L Chandrashekhar by 14,813 votes in 3 rounds in Ramanagara assembly seat.
09:08 am: Congress' VS Ugrappa leading over BJP's J Shantha by 17,480 votes in Ballari parliamentary seat after counting of votes for round 1.
09:05 am: INC's Anand Siddu Nyamagouda leads over BJP's Kulkarni Shrikant Subrao by 55,433 votes in 3 rounds in Jamkhandi assembly seat. JD(S)' Anitha Kumaraswamy leads over BJP's L Chandrashekhar by 8,430 votes in 2 rounds in Ramanagara assembly seat.
08:43 am: Visuals from a counting station in Ballari.
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08:00 am: Counting of votes begins at counting centres in Ballari and Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituencies,
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Ramanagara Assembly Polls:
Wife of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Anitha Kumaraswamy, has been given a virtual walkover as the BJP candidate L Chandrashekhar quit the party to join the Congress just two days before the crucial polling.
Shivamogga Lok Sabha Polls:
BJP has fielded BS Yeddyurappa's son BY Raghavendra, the JD(S) has nominated Madhu Bangarappa, the son of former chief minister S Bangarappa. JD(U) fielded Mahima Patel, son of former chief minister JH Patel.
Ballari Lok Sabha Polls:
Shantha, the sister of BJP leader B Sreeramulu, is in the fray with her main opponent, VS Ugrappa of the Congress.
Mandya Lok Sabha Polls:
JD(S) has fielded LR Shivarame Gowda, who will be up against BJP candidate Siddaramaiah.
Jamkhandi Assembly Polls:
The Congress has fielded Anand Nyamagouda, son of senior leader Siddu Nyamagouda. He is contesting against BJP's Srikant Kulkarni.
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