156. Mahalakshmi Layout (General) (ಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಲೇಔಟ್) is a State Assembly/Vidhana Soudha constituency in the Bengaluru Urban district and Bengaluru region of Karnataka (ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ) and is a part of the Bangalore North Parliamentary/Lok Sabha constituency. Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS) won the seat in the 2018 Karnataka Assembly elections.
JDS won this seat in the 2013 Karnataka Assembly Elections with a margin of 15,370 votes (10.4%) securing 44.73% of the total votes polled.
INC won this seat in the 2008 Assembly Elections with a margin of 3,225 votes (2.84%) registering 37.62% of the votes polled.
Bye-elections for 15 of the 17 vacant seats in the Karnataka Assembly were held on December 5, 2019 and the votes are being counted on December 8, 2019. These by-polls are important for the state as the results will decide if the ruling BJP under Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is able to secure a majority in the 224-member house. BJP which has 105 MLAs, needs 8 more to secure a majority on its own.
2019 bypoll candidates: Girish K Nashi (Janata Dal (Secular)), K Gopalaiah (Bharatiya Janata Party), M Shivaraju (Indian National Congress), Asha Rani V (Uttama Prajaakeeya Party), Girish P (Karnataka Rashtra Samithi), N Narayanaswamy (Jai Vijaya Bharathi Party), Vatal Nagaraj (Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha), Aswatha (Independent), R Murali Kumar (Independent), Vijaybhaskar M (Independent), Venkatesh V (Independent), M Shankar (Independent).
The constituencies which have gone for bypolls are: Athani, Kagwad, Gokak, Yellapur, Hirekerur, Ranibennur, Vijayanagara, Chikkaballapur, KR Pura, Yeshvanthapura, Mahalakshmi Layout, Shivaji Nagar, Hosakote, Krishnarajapete, and Hunasuru.
11 of the 15 constituencies going to the polls were won by Congress (INC) in the 2018 Karnataka Assembly elections, 3 by Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS), and 1 by Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Party (KPJP).