Karnataka by-polls: BJP maintains lead in both seats

BJP candidate was ahead with a margin of over 7,800 votes in Sira, while the party has maintained a lead with a margin of over 34,500 votes in RR Nagar

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, states ministers B Sriramulu, R Ashoka, Basavaraj Bommai, and other leaders of BJP celebrate at CM residence in Bengaluru as trends show the party leading on both the seats.

The ruling BJP has continued to maintain its lead over Congress and JD(S) in the by-polls for two assembly constituencies in the state, poll officials said on Tuesday.

Votes polled in the November 3 by-elections to Sira in Tumakuru district and Rajarajeshwari Nagar (R R Nagar) in the city were taken up for counting at 8 am and the results are expected to be out in a few hours from now.

According to the Karnataka Chief Electoral Officers office, the trends show- BJP candidate was ahead with a margin of over 7,800 votes in Sira, while the party has maintained a lead with a margin of over 34,500 votes in RR Nagar. BJPs Dr. C.M. Rajesh Gowda is leading with 37,808 votes in Sira, followed by Congress T.B. Jayachandra with 29,938.

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Trends show JD(S) that had won the seat in the 2018 assembly elections being relegated to the third place with the party candidate Ammajamma B securing 19,522 votes. In R R Nagar too BJPs N Munirathana is leading with 73,932 votes, followed by Congress Kusuma H with 39,415. JD(S) is in third place here too with party candidate V. Krishtramurthy so far securing 4,660 votes.

As the trends clearly showed BJP leading in both seats, the Chief Minister’s office released a video of Ministers R. Ashoka, Basavaraj Bommai, Seiramulu, Byrathi Basavaraj and others greeting CM Yediyurappa with sweets. The by-poll was necessitated in Sira following the death of JD(S) MLA B. Sathyanarayana in August, while RR Nagar seat here fell vacant due to disqualification of the then Congress MLA N. Munirathna last year under the anti-defection law.

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