Karnataka bypolls: 8 things you need to know
Can Yediyurappa pull it off?
The elections are going on in Athani, Kagwad, Gokak, Yellapura, Hirekerur, Ranibennur, Vijaynagara, Chickballapura, KR Pura, Yeshwanthpura, Mahalakshmi Layout, Shivajinagara, Hosakote, KR Pete and Hunsur. The results will be declared on December 9.
Why are byelections being held?
The coalition government of JD(S) and Congress was led by HD Kumaraswamy. The Supreme Court on November 13 upheld the disqualification of all the 17 legislators by previous assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar but allowed them to re-contest the byelections.
With 15 seats going to polls, the current Karnataka assembly strength is 222 (excluding the nominated member). Bypolls in two seats -- Muski (Raichur district) and RR Nagar (Bengaluru) -- have been withheld due to litigation in the Karnataka high court over their results in the May 2018 state assembly elections.
What is at stake for BJP and Yediyurappa?
What can go against BJP and in favour of Congress?
But speculations are rife about Congress and JD(S) not being averse to joining hands once again to form a coalition government in case the BJP fails to garner the required number of seats to stay in majority. Political parties and officials were of the view that there is a general feeling among the public at large against the bypolls and political developments that led to it and this might affect the turnout.
(With inputs from agencies)