Bengaluru: The counting of votes for bypolls to two crucial assembly constituencies of Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) and Sira took place on Tuesday. The polling to four Council segments was held on November 3 and October 28 to fill vacancies necessitated due to various reasons. Also Read - COVID-19: BJP MLA Kiran Maheshwari Passes Away, PM Modi Condoles Demise

The BJP managed to sweep both the seats. While BJP candidate N Munirathna won RR Nagar assembly by-election in Karnataka by over 57,000 votes, BJP’s winning candidate from Siba, Rajesh Gowda, bagged 74,522 votes. Also Read - PM Modi To Inaugurate Widened NH Stretch, Attend Dev Deepawali in Varanasi Today

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1) Stakes are high for the ruling BJP and opposition Congress and JDS in Karnataka as the outcome in the byelections to two assembly constituencies that witnessed weeks of spirited campaigning will be known today.

2) Though the results will have no bearing on the stability of the B S Yediyurappa government, yet it would be seen in many quarters as a reflection on its performance, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

3) BJP leads in RR Nagar.

4) BJP has now taken a lead in Sira seat as well.

5) Dr C.M. RAJESH GOWDA from BJP is leading from Sira seat. For Rajarajeshwarinagar, MUNIRATHNA has taken an early lead.

6) BJP maintains its lead in both RR Nagar, Sira seats

7) Muniratna is all set to emerge winner from RR Nagar.

8) From Sira, BJP’s Rajesh Gowda is leading with 14,206 votes.

9) BJP Candidate Munirathna has polled 98,001 votes, according to the Election commission.

10) BJP’s Rajesh Gowda is leading on Sira seat with 63,299 votes.

11) BJP’s N Munirathna wins RR Nagar assembly byelection in Karnataka by over 57,000 votes.

12) BJP’s winning candidate from Siba,Rajesh Gowda, got 74,522 votes.

In West Graduates, 70.11 per cent voting was recorded, followed by 75 per cent in South-East Graduates, 73.32 per cent in North-East Teachers and 66 per cent in Bangalore Teachers.

“Counting for West Graduates is at Dharwad in the state’s northwest region, North-East Teachers at Kalaburagi in the state’s northern region, Bangalore Teachers and North-East Teachers in Bengaluru,” said the official.

Though 16 were in fray in RR Nagar and 15 in Sira, the main contest in both the seats is triangular, as BJP, Congress and JD-S fielded candidates against each other.

The death of Sira MLA B Satyanarayana, who was from the JD(S) and resignation of Rajarajeshwari Nagar Congress MLA Munirathna from the assembly last year, led to the by-elections.

In RR Nagar, the BJP has fielded former Congress MLA Munirathna as its candidate whereas the Congress has given ticket to H Kusuma, wife of former IAS officer late D K Ravi in the seat traditionally held by the party. Meanwhile, the JD(S) has chosen V Krishnamurthy for the seat.

In Sira, the BJP, Congress and JD(S) have fielded radiologist Dr Rakesh Gowda, former minister T B Jayachandra and former (JD-S) MLA B Satyanarayana’s wife Ammajamma respectively.