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Karnataka: Jayanagar Assembly Election 2018 sees 34% polling till 1 pm

The Congress, which won from the RR Nagar Assembly segment on May 31, hopes to wrest the Jayanagar seat from the BJP and take its Karnataka Assembly tally to 79

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

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People waiting outside a polling booth in Bengaluru | Photo: Twitter@ANI

Till 1 pm, about 34 per cent polling was recorded in Jayanagar Assembly bypoll, which was countermanded due to the death of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate and MLA B N Vijaya Kumar.

The has nominated Kumar's younger brother, B N Prahlad, as its candidate, while has fielded former Karnataka home minister Ramalinga Reddy's daughter

The Janata Dal - Secular (JD-S) had fielded Kalegowda but later withdrawn his candidature to support the nominee.

In all, 19 candidates, including nine Independents, are in the fray. Nayeema Khanum of the Praja Raita Raajya Paksha is the only other woman candidate contesting in this election.

According to a June 9 report, polling was scheduled to be held from 7 am to 6 pm across 216 polling booths on Monday. There are a total of 312,252 registered voters in the Assembly segment.

The Congress, which won from the RR Nagar Assembly segment on May 31, hopes to wrest the Jayanagar seat from the and take its Karnataka Assembly tally to 79.

Though the party had won 78 seats in the May 12 state election, the death of its re-elected legislator Siddu Bhimappa Nyamgoud from Jamakhandi on May 28 brrought its Vidhan Soudha strength back to the same level despite the RR Nagar bypoll win.



With agency inputs

First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 09:38 IST