.The three Lok Sabha constituencies are – Shivamoga, Bellary and Mandya. The two Assembly constituencies that went to bypolls are – Ramanagara and Jamkhandi. The BJP only managed to win Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat, the pocket borough of the leader of the Opposition and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa. His son B Y Raghavendra trounced his JD(S) rival Madhu Bangarappa by 52,148 votes in a closely-fought contest.
Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy's wife Anitha bagged the Ramanagara assembly seat by a big margin of 1,09,137 against her nearest rival BJP's L Chandrashekar
Around 67 per cent voting was recorded in the bypolls for these five constituencies. A total of 31 candidates were in the fray from all the five constituencies.
Karnataka by-election 2018 results: Highlights
04:45 pm: Karnataka by-polls 2018 results:
Lok Sabha by-poll: Ballari - VS Ugrappa (Congress); Mandya - LR Shivaramegowda (JDS); Shivamigga - Raghavendra (BJP)
Assembly by-poll: Ramanagara - Anitha Kumaraswamy (JDS); Jamkhandi - Anand Siddu Nyamagouda (Congress)
03:41 pm: Buoyed by the victory in the bypolls, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and Congress state president Dinesh Gundu Rao Tuesday asserted that they would contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections together against the BJP.
03:40 pm: Karnataka's ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition won two Assembly seats and two Lok Sabha seats in bypolls. The BJP Lok Sabha seat Shivamogga, vacated by ex-CM Yeddyurappa.
01:51 pm: Congress-JD(S) alliance wins both Ramanagara and Jamkhandi assembly seats
01:49 pm: Congress-JD(S) alliance wins Bellary and Mandya Lok Sabha seats while BJP retains Shimoga Lok Sabha seat.
01:48 pm: Congress candidate V S Ugrappa wins Ballari Lok Sabha seat by a margin of 2,43,161 votes: Officials
01:47 pm: Congress-JD(S) alliance wins 4 out of 5 seats; BJP gets only one
01:45 pm: I never said do or don't celebrate Tipu Jayanti. All I had said was there are many communities in the country, people want to celebrate Jayantis of their leaders. If they (BJP) don't like to be part of the celebrations, there is no need to participate: Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy
01:30 pm: This elections was the first step. There are 28 LS seats, we'll work with Congress to win all of them, that is our goal.This is not an empty boast just because we have won today. This is the confidence of people in us. This win is not making us arrogant: Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy
01:15 pm: I congratulate Congress leaders in the state and at the Centre. I also congratulate JD(S) state leaders and workers who worked towards this win. BJP calls JDS-Congress coalition 'Apavitra Maitri', today that contention has been nullified: Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy
01:10 pm: BJP's BY Raghavendra wins Shimoga parliamentary seat with a margin of 52148 votes (ANI)
12:50 pm: JD(S) candidate leading in Mandya, Setback to BJP as Congress candidate leading in Bellary, BJP leading in Shivmoga
12:45 pm: JD(S) retains Ramanagara assembly seat, Congress retains Jamkhandi assembly seat.
12:30 pm: JD(S) candidate Anitha Kumaraswamy, wife of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, wins Ramanagara assembly seat by 109137 votes; Congress candidate AS Nyamagouda wins Jamkhandi assembly seat by 39480 votes
12:03 pm: Congress's AS Nyamagouda wins Jamkhandi assembly seat by a margin of 39480 votes
11:58 am: INC's AS Nyamagouda leads by 39480 votes in Jamkhandi,JDS's Anitha Kumaraswamy leads by 105294 votes in Ramanagaram,BJP's BY Raghavendra leads by 47388 votes in Shimoga,INC's VS Ugrappa leads by 214826 votes in Bellary&JDS LR Shivaramegowda leads by 233517 votes in Mandya
11:44 am: JD(S) LR Shivaramegowda leads over BJP's Dr Siddaramaiah by 196883 votes in Mandya Lok Sabha seat after counting of votes in Round 10
Karnataka: JD(S) workers celebrate in Ramanagaram. JDS' Anitha Kumaraswamy is leading by 1,00,246 votes in the assembly seat. Congress-JD(S) alliance is leading on 4 out of 5 seats in #KarnatakaByElection2018 pic.twitter.com/4s1RAZ6vfU— ANI (@ANI) November 6, 2018
Karnataka: Congress workers celebrate outside the counting station in Bellary. Congress' candidate VS Ugrappa is leading by 184203 votes in the parliamentary seat. #KarnatakaByElection2018 pic.twitter.com/4y6l9ZqY8j— ANI (@ANI) November 6, 2018
11:14 am: INC's AS Nyamagouda leads by 32933 votes in Jamkhandi. JDS's Anitha Kumaraswamy leads by 82928 votes in Ramanagaram, BJP's BY Raghavendra leads by 36467 votes in Shimoga,INC's VS Ugrappa leads by 184203 votes in Bellary & JDS LR Shivaramegowda leads by 121963 votes in Mandya
10:45 am: INC's AS Nyamagouda leads by 32933 votes in Jamkhandi. JDS's Anitha Kumaraswamy leads by 65990 votes in Ramanagaram,BJP's BY Raghavendra leads by 32563 votes in Shimoga, INC's VS Ugrappa leads by 151060 votes in Bellary&JDS LR Shivaramegowda leads by 76952 votes in Mandya
09:52 am: Congress' VS Ugrappa leading over BJP's J Shantha by 1,00,723 votes in Bellary parliamentary seat after counting of votes for Round 6.
09:51 am: BJP's BY Raghavendra leads over JD(S)'s S Madhubangarappa by 2627 votes in the 3rd round of counting in Shimoga parliamentary seat
09:48 am: JD(S) leading by 1,09,066 votes over BJP in Mandya parliamentary seat after counting of votes in round 5.
09:42 am: Congress' VS Ugrappa leading over BJP's J Shantha by 84257 votes in Bellary parliamentary seat after counting of votes for Round 5.
09:37 am: JDS's S Madhubangarappa leads over BJP's BY Raghavendra by 1414 votes in the 2nd round of counting in Shimoga parliamentary seat. Congress' VS Ugrappa leading over BJP's J Shantha by 64000 votes in Bellary parliamentary seat after counting of votes for Round 4.
09:33 am: INC's Anand Siddu Nyamagouda leads with 9555 votes in Jamkhandi, Congress' VS Ugrappa leads with 64000 votes in Bellary and JDS's Anitha Kumaraswamy leading with 18766 votes in Ramnagaram
09:29 am: Congress' VS Ugrappa leading over BJP's J Shantha by 45808 votes in Bellary parliamentary seat after counting of votes for Round 3.
09:23 am: BJP's BY Raghavendra leading over JDS's S Madhubangarappa by 3906 votes in the 1st round of counting in Shimoga parliamentary seat
09:20 am: INC's Anand Siddu Nyamagouda leads over BJP's Kulkarni Shrikant Subrao by 7149 votes in 4 rounds in Jamkhandi assembly seat. JDS's Anitha Kumaraswamy leads over BJP's L. Chandrashekhar by 14813 votes in 3 rounds in Ramanagaram assembly seat
09:08 am: Congress' VS Ugrappa leading over BJP's J Shantha by 17480 votes in Bellary parliamentary seat after counting of votes for Round 1.
09:06 am: INC's Anand Siddu Nyamagouda leads over BJP's Kulkarni Shrikant Subrao by 55433 votes in 3 rounds in Jamkhandi assembly seat. JDS's Anitha Kumaraswamy leads over BJP's L. Chandrashekhar by 8430 votes in 2 rounds in Ramanagar assembly seat.
09:00 am: Congress candidate Anand Nyamagowda leading from Jamkhandi
08:52 am: JD(S) candidate Anita Kumaraswamy leading from Ramnagara
08:50 am: Yeddyurappa’s son B Y Raghavendra leading from Shivamogga
08:45 am: Congress candidate V S Ugrappa leading from Ballari after completion of first round of counting
08:03 am: Counting of votes begins at counting centres in Bellary and Shimoga Lok Sabha constituencies,
06:40 am: Heavy police presence seen around the counting centres and strongrooms where the EVMs are placed
06:30 am: Elaborate security arrangements made to ensure no untoward incident takes place during the counting of votes
Counting of votes began at five centres, one each in five constituencies and a total of 1,248 counting staff have been deployed.
These bypolls are being seen as a seen as a prestigious popularity test for the ruling Congress-JDS coalition.
The bypoll results will determine the fate of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s wife Anita Kumaraswamy, state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa’s son B Y Raghavendra and former Chief Minister S Bangarappa’s son Madhu Bangarappa and others.
Anita Kumaraswamy is expected to have a smooth sailing in Ramanagara, the seat vacated by her husband, after BJP nominee L Chandrashekhar withdrew from the contest and rejoined the Congress.
In Jamkhandi, it remains to be seen whether Congress’ Anand Nyamagowda will be able to make his successful electoral debut, riding on the sympathy wave due to death of his father and former MLA Siddu Nyamagouda, by defeating Srikant Kulkarni of the BJP.
While in Shivamogga, Yeddyurappa’s son B Y Raghavendra is testing his fortunes against another former chief minister S Bangarappa’s son Madhu Bangarappa of the JD(S), in Ballari, senior BJP leader Sriramulu’s sister J Shantha is fighting against V S Ugrappa of the Congress, considered an outsider.
In the Vokkaliga bastion of Mandya, JD(S)’s Shivarame Gowda, is pitted against a fresh face in Dr Siddaramaiah, a retired Commercial Tax officer from the BJP. Among the interesting things that one needs to watch out for is to what extent BJP would be able to make inroads into the JD(S) bastion of Mandya and the Congress stronghold of Jamkhandi.
Of similar interest would be to what extent the Congress will be able to regain its significance in its erstwhile party stronghold of Ballari, the seat earlier won by its top leader Sonia Gandhi.
Differences between Congress and JDS workers had come to the fore in Ramanagara and Mandya constituencies that fall under the old Mysuru region over the party’s decision to support the JDS candidates.
Congress and JD(S) had fought bitterly against each other in the assembly polls, especially in the old Mysuru region, but had joined hands to form a coalition government after a fractured mandate in the May assembly polls. The Congress fielded its candidates in Jamkhandiand Ballari, JD(S) contested in Shivamogga, Ramanagara and Mandya under an electoral understanding.
The outcome of the by-polls is expected to have a bearing on the equations between the Congress and JDS for the 2019polls and also be a factor in determining the respective bargaining power of the two parties.
The by-polls were seen as significant as the coalition partners contested together, terming it as a “prelude” to the May 2019 general elections and called for a similar “grand secular alliance” against the BJP at the national level. The by-elections were necessitated afterYeddyurappa (Shivamogga) and Sriramalu (Ballari), and C SPuttaraju 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.
(With PTI inputs)