Hectic campaigning for the May 19 by-elections in Karnataka's two Assembly segments ended on Friday evening, an official said.
"The 15-day campaign for the twin bye-elections concluded peacefully at 5:00 p.m. in Chincholi (SC) and Kundgol in the state's north and northwest regions," the poll official told IANS here.
As many as 25 candidates, including 4 women, are in the fray for the two bypolls.
Chincholi is 580 kms north of Bengaluru and Kundagol is 410 kms northwest of here.
Jadhav senior quit the Congress and joined the BJP in early March to contest from the Gulbarga (SC) parliamentary seat against Congress leader in the outgoing Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on April 23.
Besides the three main contestants, 11 independents, including two women, are in the race along with three others.
A three-time legislator, Chikkanagoudar lost to Shivalli by a narrow margin of 633 votes in the May 2018 Assembly election. He is also related to BJP's state unit President B.S. Yeddyurappa, who campaigned for him to wrest the seat from the Congress.
The vote count is on May 23 along with that of 28 Lok Sabha seats for which polling was held in two phases on April 18 and 23 after a hectic campaign.
In the 225-member state Assembly, including one nominated, the BJP has 104 seats, Congress 77, JD-S 37, two are vacant, one speaker and one each of BSP, Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Party (KPJP) - a regional outfit, and an independent.
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