81. Yellapur (General) (ಯಲ್ಲಾಪುರ) is a State Assembly/Vidhana Soudha constituency in the Uttara Kannada district and Coastal Karnataka region of Karnataka (ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ) and is a part of the Uttara Kannada Parliamentary/Lok Sabha constituency. Congress (INC) won the seat in the 2018 Karnataka Assembly elections.
There are a total of 1,68,193 voters in the constituency that include general voters, NRI voters and service voters. Amongst the general voters 85,999 are male, 82,117 female and 0 others.
INC won this seat in the 2013 Karnataka Assembly Elections with a margin of 24,492 votes (20.28%) securing 48.06% of the total 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: Arabail Hebbar Shivaram (Bharatiya Janata Party), A Chaitra (Janata Dal (Secular)), Bhimanna Naik (Indian National Congress), Jaithunabi Jigalur (Karnataka Rashtra Samithi), Sunil Pawar (Uttama Prajaakeeya Party), Chidanand Hanumanthappa Harijan (Independent), Mahesh Hegde (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).