Lok Sabha election in Karnataka | 67.56% turnout in 14 seats

B. S. Yeddyurappa, Leader of Opposition in Legislative Assembly and State BJP President exercise his vote in Shikaripura of Shivamogga District on Tuesday.

B. S. Yeddyurappa, Leader of Opposition in Legislative Assembly and State BJP President exercise his vote in Shikaripura of Shivamogga District on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Vaidya

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Chikkodi had the highest turnout with 71.79% while Raichur had the lowest with 53.30%.

After a rancorous campaign for about a month, the remaining 14 out of total 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka went to polls in the second and final phase on Tuesday, with the battle lines clearly delineated for a bipolar contest between the ruling Congress-JD(S) and the BJP.

On Tuesday evening, the Election Commission of India announced that the voter turnout was 67.56%.

The constituencies that went to polls in the second phase are mostly in the northern belt of the State, covering the entire Hyderabad-Karnataka and Mumbai-Karnataka regions, a couple of central districts and coastal Uttara Kannada.

The BJP that has considerable presence in the region aims to improve its tally banking on the “Modi wave” and the support of dominant Lingayat community, considered as it’s vote base.

For ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance, it is a high stake battle as their performance in this poll is likely to have its bearing on the coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy in the State.

Chikkodi had the highest turnout with 71.79% while Raichur had the lowest with 53.30%.

Here are the latest updates:

8.15 p.m.

'I don’t see Congress-JD(S) government surviving at any cost': Yeddyurappa

Speculation about the longevity of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka has again come to the fore as the second phase polls drew to a close, with State BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa Tuesday predicting its collapse after the May 23 election results.

“We will win 22 Lok Sabha seats. After we win,the disagreement between Congress and JD(S) will increase hundred times and everyone expects it will have its impact on the government. Let’s wait and watch,” Mr. Yeddyurappa told reporters in Shimoga.

“The rivalry has increased, there are internal bickerings... I don’t see the Congress-JD(S) government surviving at any cost in the current political situation,” he said.

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6.30 p.m.

At 6 p.m., voter turnout stands at 64.12%

The district-wise breakup is as follows:

 

ConstituencyPolling percentage
Chikkodi71.79%
Belgum63.02%
Bagalkot68.63%
Bijapur60.28%
Gulbarga56.24%
Raichur53.30%
Bidar60.51%
Koppal67.00%
Bellary64.94%
Haveri70.02%
Dharwad66.35%
Uttara Kannada70.46%
Davanagere58.90%
Shivamogga70.04%

 

 

4:30 pm

Complaint against Kharge

Taking exceptions to Congress Leader in Lok Sabha and party candidate for Kalaburagi M. Mallikarjun Kharge entering polling station along with his wife Radhabai and casting votes together in the voting compartment in Kalaburagi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has filed a complaint with the Chief Election Officer of Karnataka levelling the charges of violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

The complaint was lodged by N. Ravikumar, General Secretary of the State unit of BJP and M. Vinod Kumar, State Legal Pramukh, Election Management Committee of the party

3:30 pm

Two Congress leaders booked for failing to maintain voting secrecy

Two Congress leaders, including one from the Youth Congress, were booked under provisions of Representation of People Act for failing to maintain secrecy of their voting after they posted images and videos of their voting on social media.

Hubballi Tahsildar Shashidhar Madhyal filed complaint under section 128 of RP Act after a section of the media reported about Congress leaders Rajat Ullagaddimath and Rajni Bijwad posting videos and photographs indicating their votes on EVMs on the social media.

BJP leaders Jagadish Shettar and Pralhad Joshi had strongly condemned the incident and had sought action against the two.

Under Section 128(2) of RP Act, any person who contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1) shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months or with fine or with both.

1:40 pm

Polling has been boycotted in Chitagihal in Kurgodu taluk, Mutgur in Hagari Bommanahalli taluk and Chikkajayanur in Kampli taluk in Ballari district.

No one from these villages have exercised their franchise yet.

In Chitiginahal and Chikkajayanur, the boycott was to register protest against failure of authorities in providing basic infrastructure. In Mutugur, the villagers have been demanding to shift the gram panchayat head quarters to their village, which is a long pending demand.

Officials have rushed to these villages to convince the voters.

12:15 pm

Thippeswamy (56) a teacher from Kudligi drafted for polling duty in a booth in Sirguppa Taluk has died of heart attack.

He complained of chest pain and was immediately shifted to a nearby hospital. But Mr.  Thippeswamy was declared dead on arrival, according to Ramprasath Manohar, Deputy Commissioner, Ballari.

12:50 pm

Veteran Congress leader and party candidate for Kalaburagi, M. Mallikarjun Kharge, along with his wife Radha Bai, votes at a polling centre in Basava Nagar on Tuesday.

Veteran Congress leader and party candidate for Kalaburagi, M. Mallikarjun Kharge, along with his wife Radha Bai, votes at a polling centre in Basava Nagar on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

11:00 am

Bidar boycotts election

People of Sultanpur in Bidar taluk have boycotted the elections. The solid waste from Bidar city is being dumped near their village and the people have been protesting against it for several years now. Since their demand shifting the waste dump is ignored, they have boycotted the election in protest. Though some officers visited the village and try to convince them, none came forwarded to vote.

Voting at booth no 250 at Tarakaspet near Nalawar in Kalaburagi district stopped for an hour due to technical snag.

10:30 am

Raghavendra will win, says Yeddyurappa

“Polling is underway in 14 constituencies today. In Shivamogga my son Raghavendra will win at least with 1.5 lakh votes margin. Out of 14, we will win a minimum of 12 seats and another 10 seats where elections have already taken place (first phase on April 18),” Yeddyurappa tells reporters after exercising his franchise.

Exuding confidence about winning 22 out of total 28 seats in the State, he adds, “even though Deve Gowda (JDS patriarch), Kumaraswamy (Chief Minister) and other important politicians had camped in Shivamogga for last two days, people have got respect for Raghavendra’s work.”

Raghavendra, who is a sitting MP from Shivamogga had defeated Madhu Bangarappa, joint candidate of ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in the by-polls held in November last year.

-PTI

10:00 am

B.S. Yeddyurappa, BJP State unit president and his son B.Y. Raghavendra, party candidate for Shivamogga Parliamentary seat waiting to cast their votes at a polling station in Shikaripur.

B.S. Yeddyurappa, BJP State unit president and his son B.Y. Raghavendra, party candidate for Shivamogga Parliamentary seat waiting to cast their votes at a polling station in Shikaripur.   | Photo Credit: Veerendra Pinaki

Meanwhile, voting has been disrupted at a polling booth in Harishi village in Sorab taluk in Shivamogga, owing to technical snag in electronic voting machine.

9:40 am

District wise polling percentage

Chikkodi8.62%
Belgum7.04%
Bagalkot6.83%
Bijapur6.89%
Gulbarga5.91%
Raichur6.49%
Bidar6.23%
Koppal7.51%
Bellary9.13%
Haveri5.75%
Dharwad8.64%
Uttara Kannada8.47%
Davanagere6.88%
Shivamogga10.21%

 

9:30 am

Voters in Hukkeri Booth number 149 complained that polling was delayed by officers  as they were not keeping pace with the voting.

8:50 am

EVM error in Hubbali, Kalaburagi

Voting delayed by half an hour at Udagi village in Sedam taluk (Booth No 136) in Kalaburagi district due to technical snag. Udagi village is native of former Minister for Medical Education Dr. Sharanprakash Patil.

EVM error at Booth No. 207 at Giants School in Hubballi. Error was noticed during mock polling and immediately the Sector officer got the EVM replaced. There was no delay and polling began at the right time said the Presiding officer.

8:00 am

Technical glitches delay voting in Belagavi

Technical glitches is been reported from a few polling booths in Belagavi. In booth number 28 in Azam Nagar, voting was stopped for a few minutes as people complained about problems with the EVM. Polling started half and hour late in Saraswati school, and in Kanabaragi village voters complained that voting was slow.

7.45 am

Voting smoother for officials on poll duty this time

For many officials on poll duty in Karnataka, the 2019 general election has a pleasant surprise — the early arrival of election duty certificates (EDC), which will enable them to cast their votes today along with the rest of the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies.

More than 3 lakh government officials and police personnel have been deployed for poll duty across 28 constituencies in Karnataka.

The certificates are issued to officials after they fill Form 12-A to enable them to cast their votes in the polling booths that they are posted at. The EDC is issued to polling officers who are posted in the same constituency that they are registered as voters since the candidates are common. Postal ballot is issued to those working outside the constituency and they can be sent till May 22.

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7:30 am

Polling begins with prayers in Bagalkot

Bagalkot, true to it's tradition, started with offering pooja followed by breaking coconut at the entrance. Geeta Ambiger, a Bagalkot municipality member, who was present during the ritual at Veterinary Hospital premises,  said that it had been a tradition to break coconut before the poll starts. She said that most polling booth officials follow it.

Meanwhile, Mid day workers have been treating officials on poll duty with hot sumptuous meals since Monday evening. Seven mid day meals workers have been tasked to feed poll officials. "We served chapati and badanekayi yennegayi (local delicacy) last night. We are preparing different menu for afternoon," Dakshayani, a mid day meal worker, at Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Bagalkot said.

Another worker Mallika said that they were preparing food for polling officials in 9 booths in the vicinity. "We have done it in previous elections too," she said expressing her joy to be part of the election process.

7.15 a.m.

 

Voters waiting at 6.30 a.m. at the veterinary hospital at Balgalkote on Tuesday.

Voters waiting at 6.30 a.m. at the veterinary hospital at Balgalkote on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Sampath Kumar G.P.

 

7 a.m.

BJP targets Congress-JD(S) combine

Realising the crucial vote of Karnataka in the wake of perceived challenges in northern State, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and several union ministers have campaigned rigorously in the State.

On the other hand, the Congress leaders have banked on the frequent rallies of their party chief Rahul Gandhi.

BJP targeted the Congress-JDS combine on the dissidence within by calling it a “turbulent government”.

The ruling Congress-JD(S), however, hopes to cash in on alleged anti-incumbency against sitting BJP MPs and policies of the Modi government.

Of the 14 constituencies that will go to polls in the second phase on April 23, BJP is contesting in all the seats while Congress and JD(S), who have an alliance, have fielded their candidates in 12 and 2 constituencies respectively as per the seat sharing arrangement.

Congress currently has its hold on only 4 out of 14 seats - Chikkodi, Gulbarga, Bellary, Raichur — while the BJP has its sitting MPs in 10 seats.

Polling will take place in 28,022 polling stations of which 5,674 have been designated ‘critical’ by police.

A total of 2,03,591 polling personnel, including 1,43,580 poll officials, 34,548 police personnel, 5,407 transport personnel and 20,056 other personnel, will be on duty.

As many as 2,43,03,279 voters are eligible to choose their choice from among 237 candidates in the fray during the second phase.

Among the 237 candidates, 227 are men and 10 women.

Belgaum with 57 has the maximum number of candidates, while Raichur with five has the lowest in the second as well as the first phase.

Out of the total 2,43,03,279 voters in the 14 seats, 1,22,55,590 are men, 1,20,45,667 women and 2,022 others.

Voting will take place between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, in 14 constituencies, where holiday has been declared under Negotiable Instruments Act.

Among prominent contestants in the second phase include Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge (Gulbarga) Union Ministers Ananth Kumar Hegde (Uttara Kannada) and Ramesh Jigajinagi (Bijapur).

Besides, State BJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa’s son B.Y. Raghavendra is pitted against another former Chief Minister S. Bangarappa’s son Madhu Bangarappa of JD(S) from Shimogga while Pradesh Congress Working President Eshwar Khandre is seeking election from Bidar.

A key constituency is Gulbarga, where leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, a nine-time MLA and two-term Lok Sabha member who has never tasted electoral defeat.

He is said to be facing a tough battle against BJP’s Umesh Jadhav, who recently joined the party quitting as Congress MLA.

Mr. Jadhav was among the four MLAs against whom Congress had moved the Assembly speaker for disqualification under anti-defection law.

Following Mr. Jadhav’s resignation as MLA, the grand old party had petitioned the speaker not to accept his resignation as disqualification was pending against him.

However, Speaker after hearing both sides accepted his resignation as MLA.

Spot light is also on Shivamogga, where the battle is between sons of two former Chief Ministers.

Interestingly Mr. Yeddyurappa’s son and sitting MP Raghavendra had defeated Mr. Bangarappa’s son and former MLA Madhu during bypolls held in November last year.

Contest in Belagum is some thing to be watched out as Congress there is grappling with dissidence, with senior leader and party’s rebel MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi allegedly asking his supporters to favour BJP in the polls.

Mr. Jarkiholi, against whom disqualification petition moved by the party is pending before the speaker, did not even attend Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s rally recently.

With Lingayat votes said to be a key in this polls, as the community has considerable presence in most of the constituencies, BJP is seen to be trying to further consolidate the community’s votes in it favour.

It has been accusing Congress of trying to divide the community for political gains, pointing at the ruling party’s support for demand to accord religious minority status to Lingayats.

The previous Congress government’s decision to recommend the status to Lingayat community is said to be one of the reasons for the party’s debacle in the May 2018 Assembly polls.

The 14 constituencies in southern part of the State covering old Mysuru region and couple of coastal districts had gone to polls on April 18, recording an overall voter turnout of 68.81%.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls out of total 28 seats in the State, the BJP had won in 17, Congress 9 and JD(S) in two seats.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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