Brisk voting was underway in fifteen assembly constituencies of Karnataka today, the results of which would determine the fate of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa-led BJP government in the State.The polling that began at 7 am is scheduled to conclude at 6 pm, the results of which will be declared on 9 December. People were seen standing in queues to cast their votes at various polling booths in different parts of the State.
The by-elections are being held to fill the vacancies caused by the disqualification of 17 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs, whose rebellion led to the collapse of the H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in July and paved the way for the BJP to come to power. The BJP needs to win at least six of the 15 seats to remain in majority in the 225-member Assembly (including the Speaker, who has a casting vote), which would still have two vacant seats -- Maski and R R Nagar.
In the Assembly with the current strength of 208 after the disqualifications, the BJP has 105 MLAs (including an independent), the Congress 66 and the JD(S) has 34 MLAs. There is also one BSP member, a nominated member and the Speaker.