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JD-S, Congress lead in Karnataka bypolls

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

Karnataka's ruling coalition Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and are leading in two seats each in the vote count for the three and two assembly seats, a poll said.

According to early trends at 9.45 a.m., the was expected to hold on to its Shimoga seat but might lose the seat where its trailing by over one lakh votes.

The JD-S was leading over BJP in Ramanagara and Mandya, while the was leading in Jamkhandi and Bellary, an told IANS here.

Counting of votes began at 8 a.m. in (reserved), Mandya and Shimoga seats and Jamkhandi and Ramanagara assembly seats for the polling held on November 3.

Prior to the bypolls, the JD-S held Ramanagara and Mandya seats, while the Jamakhandi and the BJP and Shimoga.

Congress candidate for Jamkhandi assembly seat was leading over BJP's Shrikant Kulkarni by a margin of 16,516 votes, as per leads from EC website after nearly two hours.

H.D. Kumaraswamy's wife of JD-S was leading in Ramanagara assembly segment over BJP's L.A. Chandrashekar by a comdfortable margin of 34,995 votes.

Chandrashekar had quit the BJP and re-joined the Congress just days ahead of the bypolls. His nomination, however, remained since he withdrew from the bye-election after the final date of withdrawal.

While, S. Ugrappa from Bellary (reserved) seat was leading over BJP's J.Shantha by a margin of 1,00,723 votes.

From the Mandya Lok Sabha seat, L. Shivarame Gowda of the JD-S was leading over BJP's Siddaramaiah by a margin of 38,920 votes.

In Shimoga parliamentary seat, BJP's state unit and former B.S. Yeddyurappa's son was leading over JD-S nominee Madhu Bangarappa, the son of former S. Bangarappa, by a margin of 9,665 votes, the EC trends showed.

The vote counts were being conducted in the engineering and government colleges that have been taken up as counting centres.

Around 66 per cent of the 54.5 lakh electorate have voted in the five bypolls.



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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 11:04 IST