This election is termed as semi-final before 2019 Lok Sabha as both Congress-JD(S) alliance and BJP are contesting for the seats.
Bengaluru: Ahead of Diwali, celebrations erupted for the ruling party in Karnataka as the Congress-JD(S) alliance bagged four out of seats that went for bypolls. The BJP could only win Shivamogga (Shimoga) parliamentary seat.
Congress emerged victorious in Jamkhandi assembly seat and Ballari Lok Sabha seat while JD(S) candidates won Ramanagara assembly seat and Mandya Lok Sabha seat.
The counting of votes for Jamkhandi and Ramanagara assembly seats and Shivamogga (Shimoga), Ballari and Mandya Lok Sabha seats, which went to polls on Saturday, began at 8 am on Tuesday.
This election has been 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 contested for the seats. While it was a battle for pride in the three Lok Sabha seats of Ballari, Mandya and Shivamogga, the assembly seat results were said to 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 contested 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:
01:44 pm: Congress-JD(S) alliance wins 4 out of 5 seats in Karnataka by-election; wins Ballari, Mandya, Ramanagara and Jamkhandi. BJP wins Shimoga Lok Sabha seat.
01:21 pm: JD(S)' LR Shivaramegowda wins Mandya parliamentary seat with a margin of 3,24,943 votes.
01:19 pm: “I congratulate Congress leaders in the state and at the Centre. I also congratulate JD(S) state leaders and workers who worked towards this win. BJP calls JD(S)-Congress coalition 'Apavitra Maitri', today that contention has been nullified,” says Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy.
“This election was the first step. There are 28 Lok Sabha seats. We will work with Congress to win all of them… that is our goal. This is not an empty boast just because we have won today. This is the confidence of people in us. This win is not making us arrogant, adds Kumaraswamy.
01:11 pm: BJP's BY Raghavendra wins Shivamogga parliamentary seat with a margin of 52,148 votes.
12:30 pm: JD(S)' Anitha Kumaraswamy wins Ramanagara assembly seat with a margin of 1,09,137 votes.
12:25 pm: “People have rejected BJP. It is also a rejection of Modi government. Bypoll results will send a message to the entire country that the time for change has come,” says Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao.
12:23 pm: “Definitely, in any democratic result, election process...people's mandate is very important. It's the direction to the people of this country,” Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar when asked will Karnataka by-election give a message to the whole nation before the 2019 general election.
12:22 pm: “I think as far as southern India is concerned, you can't make Ram Mandir and all those issues a political plank. People are looking at what they're going to get, what benefit they're going to get in social and economic sector, administration and transparency,” says Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar.
12:04 pm: Congress' AS Nyamagouda wins Jamkhandi assembly seat by a margin of 39,480 votes.
11:58 am: Congress' AS Nyamagouda leads by 39,480 votes in Jamkhandi, JD(S)'s Anitha Kumaraswamy leads by 1,05,294 votes in Ramanagara, BJP's BY Raghavendra leads by 47,388 votes in Shivamogga, Congress' VS Ugrappa leads by 2,14,826 votes in Ballari and JD(S) LR Shivaramegowda leads by 2,33,517 votes in Mandya.
11:43 am: JD(S) LR Shivaramegowda leads over BJP's Dr Siddaramaiah by 1,96,883 votes in Mandya Lok Sabha seat after counting of votes in round 10.
11:38 am: JD(S) workers celebrate in Ramanagara. JD(S)' Anitha Kumaraswamy is leading by 1,00,246 votes in the assembly seat.
11:32 am: Congress members and workers celebrate outside party office in Bengaluru. Congress-JD(S) alliance is leading on 4 out of 5 seats in bypolls.
11:22 am: Congress workers celebrate outside the counting station in Ballari. Congress' candidate VS Ugrappa is leading by 1,84,203 votes in the parliamentary seat.
10:47 am: Congress' AS Nyamagouda leads by 32,933 votes in Jamkhandi. JD(S)' Anitha Kumaraswamy leads by 65,990 votes in Ramanagara, BJP's BY Raghavendra leads by 32,563 votes in Shivamogga, Congress' VS Ugrappa leads by 1,51,060 votes in Bellary and JD(S) LR Shivaramegowda leads by 76,952 votes in Mandya.
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.
08:00 am: Counting of votes begins at counting centres in Ballari and Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituencies.
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.