New Delhi: The counting of votes for three Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka — Bellary, Shivamogga and Mandya are underway. The counting of votes began at 8 AM amid tight security. As per initial trends, the BJP is leading in Shivamogga with nearly 11,000 votes, while the Congress is leading in Bellary its ally JD(S) is ahead in Mandya.
Police officials said that a total of 1,248 counting staff have been deployed to avoid untoward incident. “Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure to that no untoward incident takes place during the counting of votes. Police personnel have been deployed around the counting centres and strong rooms where the EVMs are placed,” police officials said.
Besides, Lok Sabha constituencies, counting of votes for two Assembly constituencies Ramanagara And Jamkhandi are also underway. A total of 31 candidates were in the fray from all the five constituencies, though the contest is mainly between the Congress-JD(S) combine and the BJP.
Notably, the by-elections were necessitated after Yeddyurappa (Shivamogga) and Sriramalu (Ballari), and C S Puttaraju of JD(S) (Mandya) resigned as MPs on their election to the Assembly in May this year. Bypolls to Jamkhandi Assembly seat was caused by the death of Congress MLA Siddu Nyamagouda, while Ramanagara fell vacant after Kumaraswamy gave up the seat, preferring Chennapatna, the other constituency from where he had won.