Karnataka by-election 2019 Updates: Voting ends, 60% voter turnout till 5.24 pm
Bengaluru, Dec 05: Polling in all the 15 assembly segments in Karnataka concluded. The total number of voters turnout recorded 60 per cent, that is 37.78 lakh electors till 5.24 pm on Thursday. The maximum turnout recorded was 79.8 per cent in Chikkaballapura, and the minimum was 37.5 per cent in K R Puram in Bengaluru. Well, the counting and results will be declared on December 9. This result will reportedly decide B S Yediyurappa-led BJP governmen's fate in Karnataka, whether it will reign or fail to make government in the state.
The by-election is particularly crucial to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa for the survival of his four months old government. The BJP needs to win 6 seats to retain power.
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I thank all #BBMP school children who volunteered to help senior citizens & differently-abled voters today.— B.H.Anil Kumar,IAS (@BBMPCOMM) December 5, 2019
ಹಿರಿಯ ನಾಗರಿಕರು & ದಿವ್ಯಾಂಗರು ಸುಲಲಿತವಾಗಿ ಮತದಾನ ಮಾಡಲು ಸ್ವಯಂಪ್ರೇರಿತವಾಗಿ ನೆರವಾದ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಬಿಬಿಎಂಪಿ ಶಾಲಾ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳನ್ನು ತಿಳಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ. @ceo_karnataka @ECISVEEP #Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/s4MRMSl3yW
Currently, the BJP enjoys a slim majority in the assembly and has the support of 106 MLAs in the 224 members assembly, while the Congress-JDS Opposition has the support of 101 MLAs.
The ruling BJP needs to win at least seven seats to reach the majority mark of 111 and to retain power.
The by-elections were necessitated after 17 MLAs resigned in July leading to the fall of the previous Congress-JDS coalition government in the state.
With elections yet to be announced in 2 constituencies - Maski and RR Nagar - BJP needs to win six more seats to attain the simple majority of 112. (223 in total with 2 seats vacant).