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Campaigning ends for 2 Assembly bypolls in Karnataka

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

Hectic campaigning for the May 19 by-elections in Karnataka's two Assembly segments ended on Friday evening, an 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 told IANS here.

As many as 25 candidates, including 4 women, are in the fray for the two bypolls.

There are 17 candidates in the Chincholi reserved seat in district and eight in the Kundgol seat in district.

Chincholi is 580 kms north of Bengaluru and Kundagol is 410 kms northwest of here.

Prominent candidates in Chincholi are of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), of the and of the

Avinash is the son of Umesh Jadhav, whose resignation from the seat as a rebel necessitated the by-election.

Jadhav senior quit the and joined the BJP in early March to contest from the Gulbarga (SC) parliamentary seat against Congress in the outgoing Lok Sabha on April 23.

Besides the three main contestants, 11 independents, including two women, are in the race along with three others.

In the Kundgol contest, is contesting from against S.of the BJP. The remaining six, including a woman, are independents.

The death of Congress for Municipalities C.S. Shivalli on March 22 necessitated the by-poll. has fielded his widow Kusumavati to retain the seat on sympathy vote.

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 B.S. Yeddyurappa, who campaigned for him to wrest the seat from

Congress legislative party and the southern state's former Chief and party's state unit campaigned for Kusumavati.

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 and one each of BSP, Pragnyavantha Janatha Party (KPJP) - a regional outfit, and an independent.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, May 18 2019. 00:38 IST
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