- Dinesh Gundu Rao Resigns as KPCC Prez
- Siddaramaiah Resigns as Oppn Leader
- Siddaramaiah Set to Resign as Oppn Leader
- Final Tally
- K'taka Punished Congress: PM Modi
- BJP Wins 12 Seats
- BJP Wins 10 Seats
- BJP Wins 8 Seats
- BJP Wins 4 Seats, Congress 1
- Shivakumar Concedes Congress' Defeat
- BJP Leads in 12, Cong in 2, JD(S) 0
- BJP Wins Yellapur
The Karnataka bypoll were held to fill the vacancies caused by the disqualification of 17 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs, whose revolt led to collapse of the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in July and paved the way for BJP to come to power. The elections had taken place at Yellapur, Ranebennur, Vijayanagar, Yashwanthapur, Mahalakshmi Layout, Chikkaballapura, KR Puram, Shivajinagar, KR Pet, Hunsur, Athani, Kagwad, Gokak, Hirekerur and Hoskote. Twelve of these 15 seats were held by the Congress and three by JD(S).
Dinesh Gundu Rao Resigns as KPCC Prez | Tendering his resignation as the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President, Dinesh Gundu Rao says, " We were expecting people will punish those who have gone against the Constitution. This kind of mandate should be discouraged as it's giving wrong precedence."
Launching an attack on the Congress, former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has tweeted saying, "In the very first chance they get, this is how voters react to opportunist politics & stealing of mandate by rejected parties by coming together for the sake of power! #KarnatakaBypolls result proves that people won’t tolerate if someone tries to play with public mandate & wish!"
In the very first chance they get, this is how voters react to opportunist politics & stealing of mandate by rejected parties by coming together for the sake of power!#KarnatakaBypolls result proves that people won’t tolerate if someone tries to play with public mandate & wish!— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) December 9, 2019
'My Moral Responsibility to Step Down': Siddaramaiah's Resignation Letter | "I express my sincere regret for not being able to give satisfactory results in the recently concluded bye-elections held to Karnataka Legislative Assembly despite my sincere efforts," Siddaramaiah wrote in his resignation letter and further said that it was his moral responsibility to step down as the CLP leader.
Siddaramaiah Declares to Resign as Leader of Oppn in Presser | Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Congress veteran Siddaramaiah briefs the press regarding his decision to offer resignation as the Leader of Opposition and Leader of the Congress Legislature Party. He says, "We accept the people's mandate. As Leader of Opposition, I should hold up certain tenets of democracy. For the party's interest, I have resigned as the Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly. I am sending my resignation letter to our AICC president Sonia Gandhi and a copy to KC Venugopal. Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao, too, will recieve a copy of my resignation."
Siddaramaiah Resigns as Opposition Leader | Following the rout of Congress in the Karnataka Assembly bypolls, Siddaramaiah resigns as opposition leader. Meanwhile, Dinesh Gundu Rao, too, resigns as the president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee. However, the party has not accepted their resignations yet. Both the senior leaders will address a press conference soon.
People of Karnataka Taught Congress a Lesson, Says PM Modi in Jharkhand Rally | Meanwhile, at an election rally in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi referring to the Congress-JD(S) rout in the Karnataka Assembly by-election, says, "Today, after the results of Karnataka bypolls, those who cheated the mandate of the people, have got their answers from voters in a democratic manner. Whether the BJP will be in power in Karnataka or not was to be decided today. People have punished the Congress there. This is a message for all the states in India that whoever will go against the mandate will insult the people and the voters will eventually teach them a lesson."
How Friction Within BJP Has Kept Maski, RR Nagar Seats Out of Bypoll Race | The bypolls were held in only 15 of these seats last Wednesday. The remaining two seats that are yet to see elections are Maski (in Raichur district) and Rajarajeshwarinagar (in Bengaluru). Both have cases pending in the Karnataka High Court for completely a different reason — electoral malpractice. And, the constituencies would continue to remain unrepresented in the Assembly for some more time, considering that the cases haven’t moved ahead much in the court. The cases are pending against the disqualified MLAs of these two constituencies — Pratapgouda Patil and Muniratna. They were filed by the BJP candidates who faced defeat in these two seats in the Assembly election of May 2018. Read the full story here.
Congress Wins Shivaji Nagar, Hunsur | BJP Wins Mahalakshmi Layout Seat, Tally Reaches 9 | The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins the Mahalakshmi Layout seat in Karnataka assembly bypolls, taking its tally to 9. Meanwhile, Congress' Rizwan Arshad wins Shivaji Nagar constituency by a margin of 16, 325 votes. The Grand Old Party has also won the Hunsur seat.
Shivakumar Concedes Congress' Defeat | Conceding defeat, Congress DK Shivakumar says, “We have to agree the mandate of the people. We have accepted defeat but there is no need to be dis-heartened. By-elections and general elections both are different. The Congress has a stronghold in Karnataka and it will not vanish."
BJP Leads in 12 Seats, Congress in 2, While JD(S) Pushed to Zero | The BJP has taken up a lead in 12 seats, pushing the JD(S) to zero. The Congress continues to lead in two seats, Shivaji Nagar and Hunsur. The JD(S) is trailing in Yeshwanthpura and Krishnarajpet seats, where it was leading in early trends. Independent candidate and BJP rebel Sharath Kumar Bachi Gowda leads in Hosakote.
The 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. Read the full story here.
To follow the Karnataka bypoll result 2019 live in Kannada, click here
While the overall polling percentage was 67.91, the highest voter turnout was recorded in Hoskote assembly segment (90.9 per cent), whereas the lowest was KR Puram (46.74 per cent).
While by-elections took place in 15 segments, the bypoll in the two other constituencies -- Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Maski -- will be held later as the matter is sub-judice.
As many as 165 candidates contested the election, though it was, by and large, a triangular fight between the Congress, BJP and the JD(S). The BJP had fielded 13 of the 16 disqualified legislators, who joined the party after the Supreme Court allowed them to contest the bypolls as its candidates from the constituencies they had won in the 2018 assembly elections on Congress and JD(S) tickets.
The BJP and Congress were pitted in direct contest in most of the constituencies that went for the bypolls. In the southern parts of the state, JD(S) was also in the fray, making it a triangular fight. The BJP needed at least six seats in an assembly of 221 seats minus the speaker to continue in the government.
Yediyurappa now faces a tough task of cabinet expansion.
He will have to strike a balance by accommodating the victorious disqualified legislators in his ministry as promised by him and also make place for old-guards, who have been upset over being "neglected" in the first round.
Including the Chief Minister, currently there are 18 ministers in the cabinet, whose sanctioned strength is 34.
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