Karnataka bypolls results LIVE Updates: Congress-JD(S) takes 4 of 5 seats, Kumaraswamy says will win all in 2019 - watsupptoday.com
Karnataka bypolls results LIVE Updates: Congress-JD(S) takes 4 of 5 seats, Kumaraswamy says will win all in 2019
Posted 06 Nov 2018 01:52 PM

Agencies
Congress’ A S Nyamagouda and Anitha Kumaraswamy of the JD(S) won Jamkhandi and Ramanagaram assembly constituencies Tuesday by a margin of 39,480 and 1,09,137 votes, respectively. Anitha Kumaraswamy is Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s wife. The Congress-JD(S) coalition is ahead of the BJP in two of the three Lok Sabha seats — Ballari and Mandya — while BJP is leading only in Shivamogga where its state party chief B S Yeddyurappa’s son B Y Raghavendra is ahead of former chief minister S Bangarappa’s son Madhu Bangarappa of JD(S) by 36,351 votes.

The counting for votes for three Lok Sabha and three Assembly seats in Karnataka, which went to the bypolls on Saturday, began this morning. An estimated 67 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the bypolls.

Elaborate security arrangements were put in place and police are deployed around the counting centres and strongrooms since morning, where the EVMs are placed, to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during the counting of votes, police officials said.

The Karnataka bypolls, seen as a crucial test for the ruling Congress-JD(S) combine as they face their first major political test since forging an alliance five months ago, are significant as the coalition partners have termed it a “prelude” to the 2019 General Elections. They have also called for a similar “grand secular alliance” against the BJP at the national level. The BJP which has been questioning the longevity of the coalition government in Karnataka has predicted its fall once the results are out.

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