By-elections to three Lok Sabha and two legislative assembly constituencies to be held in Karnataka on November 3, are likely to be acid test to the fraction-ridden Congress-JDS coalition, led by HD Kumaraswamy, particularly popularity of the Chief Minister. These polls are necessiated to fill vacancies. As the counting of votes will be takne up on November 6, the results are likely to be have impact on Congress prospects in five Assembly elections.
The vacancies in the three parliamentary seats were caused due to the resignation of BJP members B.S. Yeddyurappa from Shimoga in Malnad region and B. Sriramulu from Bellary in the northwest region and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) S. Puttaraju from Mandya in the old Mysuru region after they were elected to the in the May 16 Assembly elections. Puttaraju, who was elected from the Melukote assembly seat in Mandya district, is the Minor Irrigation Minister in the JD-S-Congress coalition government.
The vacancy in the two assembly seats have been caused following the resignation of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy of the JD-S from Ramanagaram and owing to the death of Congress legislator Siddu Nyamagouda in a road accident on May 28 in Bagalkot district. He was newly elected from Jamkhandi in the state’s northwest district.
Kumaraswamy, who contested and won from two adjacent assembly seats retained the Channapatna seat in Ramanagaram district, 65km from Bengaluru. The bye-polls will be notified on October 9, last date for nominations is on October 16, scrutiny on October 17 and last date for withdrawal of candidatures is on October 20.
Electoral rolls for all the bye-elections have been already published on October 1. Elections Commission said that EVMs and VVPATs will be used in all the polling stations for the bye-election,” added the statement. In the 28 Lok Sabha seats from the southern state, BJP has 15, Congress 9 and JD-S 1, with three vacant. In the 224-member assembly segments, BJP has 104, Congress 79 and JD-S 36.