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Karnataka Bypolls: BS Yediyurappa Secures Majority BJP Bags 12 of 15 Seats, Congress Wins 2

BS Yediyurappa-led BJP Government Is Set To Consolidate Its Hold On Power In Karnataka.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Pawas Kumar | Updated on: 09 Dec 2019, 08:04:30 PM
BS Yediyurappa-led BJP government needed six seats to secure majority

New Delhi:

Karnataka Bypoll Results 2019 LIVE Updates: The uncertainty over the stability of the BS Yediyurappa government ended on Monday as the ruling BJP swept Karnataka bypolls by bagging 12 of the 15 seats where by-elections were held on December 5. The Opposition Congress, which held 12 of the 15 seats, reduced to just two and the remaining seat was won by BJP rebel and independent candidate Sharath Bache Gowda. The BJP needed just six seats to secure the majority. Following the humiliating defeat, top Congress leaders – Legislative Party leader Siddaramaiah and state president Dinesh Gundu Rao – resigned from their respective posts, leaving the party in indeterminate state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing a poll meeting in Jharkhand, hailed the BJP's performance and accused the Congress of stealing the people's mandate in Karnataka through the back door, contending it has been taught a lesson in the just-concluded bypolls. The Congress, which won 12 of those 15 seats in the 2018 assembly polls, won just two seats - Hunsur and Shivajinagar, while its former ally the JD(S) all seats it contested. Independent candidate Sharath Bachegowda, who was earlier expelled from BJP for anti-party activities after he contested the bypoll as a rebel, was won from Hoskote.

The bypolls were held to fill the vacancies caused by the disqualification of 17 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs, whose revolt led to the collapse of the 14-month-old HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in July and paved the way for BJP to come to power. The BJP needed to win at least six of the 15 seats to remain in a majority in the 225-member assembly (including the Speaker, who has a casting vote), which would still have two vacant seats -- Maski and R R Nagar.

Karnataka Congress chief Gundu Rao has resigned. He said people's verdict must be accepted in democracy.

Independent candidate Sharath Bache Gowda wins from Hoskote constituency.

BJP candidates have also bagged Kagwad and Gokak assembly constituencies. The Congress have won Hosakote.

Athani Assembly Constituency: BJP leader Mahesh Iranagoud Kumatalli has won the Athani seat. He defeated his closest rival from Congress Gajanan Bhalachandra Mangasuli.

Siddaramaiah, Congress: As a leader of legislative party, I need to respect democracy. I have resigned as Congress Legislative Party leader. I have submitted my resignation to Sonia Gandhi Ji.

Hirekerur Assembly Constituency: BJP candidate BC Patil wins Hirekerur bypolls by defeating his Congress rival Bannikod Basappa Hanumantappa.

KR Puram Assembly bypoll results: BA Basavaraja of the BJP wins.

Congress May See Big Changes

Speculation are rife that Congress may see big changes in Karnataka. It being said Dinesh Gundu Rao may quit as the President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee. There are also reports that Siddaramaiah may step down as leader of Congress Legislative Party in the state. 

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday asserted that he would give a stable and pro-development government for the next three-and-half years -- the remainder of his term.

Karnataka Bypoll Results: 5 Results Declared So Far

Election Commission has officially declared five results so far with all of them going to BJP. 

Shivram Hebbar (BJP) wins Yellapur seat by 31408 votes

K. Sudhakar of BJP wins Chikkaballapur seat by 34801 votes

Arunkumar Guththur of BJP wins Ranibennur seat by 23222 votes

Anand Singh (BJP) wins Vijayanagara seat by 30125 votes

Narayan Gowda (BJP) wins Krishnarajapete seat by 9731 votes 

BJP wins six seats, retains majority in Karnataka legislative Assembly

The BJP has registered a win in at least six of the 15 bypoll seats, enabling the party to retain majority in the Karnataka Assembly, according to PTI. The party is leading in six more seats, while the Congress leads in two and an Independent in one.

PM Modi on Karnataka results: "People in Karnataka have ensured that Congress-JDS can no longer cheat them. People have voted for stable and strong government."

The BJP is in celebratory mood with trends showing clear majority for the party in the bypolls. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa celebrates with his son BY Vijayendra as BJP leads on 12 out of 15 seats.


BJP candidate from Yellapur Arabail Shivaram Hebbar has become the first candidate to register a victory in the bypolls to 15 assembly constituencies in Karnataka, for which the counting is underway on Monday. Hebbar defeated Congress' Bhimanna Naik by a margin of over 31,000 votes, poll officials said, adding that official announcement was awaited.

Karnataka Bypoll Results: Latest Trends

Partywise Leading Candidates

BJP: Shivaram Hebbar (Yellapur), Anand Singh (Vijayanagara), Ramesh Jarkiholi (Gokak), B C Patil (Hirekerur), Shrimant Patil (Kagwad), K Sudhakar (Chikkaballapura), Mahesh Kumthalli (Athani), Arun Kumar Guttur (Ranebennur), Gopalaiah (Mahalakshmi Layout), Byrathi Basavaraj (K R Puram) and Narayan Gowda (KR Pate).

Congress: HP Manjunath (Hunsur) and Rizwan Arshad (Shivajinagar)

JD(S): Javarayi Gowda (Yeshwanthpura) 

Independent: Sharath Bachegowda (Hoskote)

Congress Accepts Defeat

Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar: "We have to agree with the mandate of the voters of these 15 constituencies. People have accepted the defectors. We have accepted defeat, I don't think we have to be disheartened."

BJP leading in 12 seats, Congress leading in 2 seats, Independent leading in 1 seat, as per EC trends

To remind you once again, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) requires a minimum of 6 seats in the 224-member Karnataka Assembly for a simple majority with 112 as the halfway mark, as it already has 104 members, excluding the Speaker and the support of an Independent.

Karnataka Bypoll Results 2019: Latest Trends

Yellapur: BJP's Shivaram Hebbar is expected to win the seat 

Hirekerur: BC Patil (BJP)- leading 

Kagwad: BJP leading

Krishnarajpet: BJP leading 

Ranebennur: Arunakumar (BJP) leading 

Hunsur: Manjunath (Congress) leading

BJP leading in 11 seats, Congress in 2 while JDS-Independent ahead in one seat each, as per latest trends. 

BJP leading in 9 seats, Congress and JDS leading in 2 seats each, Independent -1, as per latest EC trends. 

According to Election Commission, BJP is leading in 6, Congress in 2, JD(S) in 2 while independent in one seat. 

According to EC, BJP leading in Yellapur, Chikkaballapur, Vijayanagara and Mahalaxmi Layout constituencies, Congress leading in Shivajinagar and Hunasuru constituencies, JDS leading in KR Pete and Independent candidate SK Bachegowda leading in Hosakote. 

Karnataka Bypoll Results: Latest Trends

BJP Leading in 10 seats, Congress and JDS ahead in 2 seats while independent candidate is ahead in one seat. 

According to latest trends, BJP is leading in Yellapur and Chikkaballapur constituencies while Congress is leading in Shivajinagar and Hunasuru constitiencies with JDS ahead in KR Pete. 

Karnataka Bypoll Results: Early Trends

Hunsur: HP Manjunath (Congress)- leading

Ballari: Anand Singh (BJP)- leading

Hirekerur: BC Patil (BJP)- leading

Athani: K Mahesh (BJP)- leading

The counting of votes has been delayed in Shivajinagar seat, according to reports. 

In very early trends for 14 seats, BJP leading in 11 while Congress in ahead in 2 and JD(S) in 1 seat

According to News18, BJP is leading in eight seats - Hunsur, Kagwad, Vijayanagara Krishnarajapura, Mahalakshmi Layout, Gokak, Hirekerur and Yellapur - based on postal ballot counting. 

The counting of postal ballot votes for the Karnataka bypolls has begun. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leads in five seats - Hunsur, Krishanrajpet, Kagwad, Vijayanagara Krishnarajapura - in early trends.

Ahead of the counting of votes for the byelections at 15 assembly segments, leaders in Karnataka visited temples and Maths on Sunday seeking divine intervention. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa went to Dharmasthala and sought the blessings of Lord Manjunatha. JD(S) patriarch and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda performed puja at Sai Baba temple at Shirdi.

The BJP requires at least six seats for a majority in the assembly of 221 seats minus the Speaker and a nominated member. Speculations are rife that the Congress and JD(S) may join hands again if the poll results favour the two parties. 

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First Published : 09 Dec 2019, 08:13:30 AM