Karnataka is conducting by elections today since 7:00 A.M. The State will poll for three Lok Sabha seats and two Assembly seats.
A total of 31 candidates are participating in all the five constituencies. Approximately 35,000 polling personnel are deployed at the polling stations for duties.
The polls are being conducted in Jamakhandi, Ramanagara, Mandya, Shivamogga and Ballari. The polls will decide which of the two major oppositions, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP,) will emerge as the ruling party in the areas.
After the alliance of Janata Dal [Secular] (JDS) and Congress, it will be tough for the opposition, BJP, to win the elections.
The Congress and JDS candidates are contesting in the Jamakhandi, Ballari and Ramanagara, Mandya and Shivamogga Assembly elections respectively. With the alliance of Congress and JDS, the candidates representing the respective parties are Anitha Kumaraswamy in the Ramanagara Assembly, Anand Nyamagouda in Jamakhandi, Madhu Bangarappa in Shivamogga, V.S. Ugrappa and Shivarame Gowda in Ballari and Mandya respectively.
The candidates representing BJP are Shrikant Kulkarni in Jamakhandi, B.Y. Raghavendra in Shivamogga, J. Shantha in Ballari and Siddaramaiah in Mandya.
After the withdrawal of L. Chandrashekar from the Ramanagara Assembly Constituency elections, the elections seem to be an easy win for Anitha Kumaraswamy, as she will be elected unopposed.
Approximately 54,54,275 voters are expected to vote in the polls. Till 9:00 A.M., 34.19 % voters turned up. The process of voting is still going on and it will last till 6:00 P.M., today.
The counting of the by elections is scheduled for the 6th of November.