Lok Sabha By-Polls In Karnataka, Surprises Congress And BJP

Lok Sabha By-Polls In Karnataka, Surprises Congress And  BJP

 Lok Sabha By-Polls In Karnataka, Surprises Congress And  BJP (file image)

New Delhi: The Election Commission has surprised political parties with his decision to hold by-elections to three Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka on November 3. The political parties have been questioning the logic behind the decision, with general elections due early next year.

The parties elected in the by-poll will have a term of five months in office till the election, after which the seats will vote again, pointed out both the Congress and the BJP.

On November 3, by-polls to the Shivamogga, Ballari and Mandya parliamentary seats and the Ramanagara and Jamkhandi will take place and the results will be out three days later.

The vacancies left by the BJP's BS Yeddyurappa (Shivamogga) and B Sriramalu (Ballari), and CS Puttaraju of JD(S) (Mandya) will be filled by the by-polls. They resigned as Members of Parliament on their election to the assembly in May last.

The EC on saturday, tacked on the by-polls to its announcement of election dates for four states.

After Congress lawmaker Siddu Nyamagouda's death, the By-polls to the Jamkhandi assembly seat was needed. While Ramanagara fell vacant as chief minister HD Kumaraswamy gave up the seat and retained Channapatna, the other seat he won in the Karnataka polls.

The by-election was welcomed by the parties. The JDS heading the coalition government with Congress, is planning to se the field Mr Kumaraswamy's wife Anitha in Ramanagara.

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On Sunday, a visit to Ramanagara, Anitha Kumaraswamy said she would contest there.

Dinesh Gundu Rao, the Karnataka Congress chief said that the assembly by-polls were necessary as the House still has a term of four-and-half years. But he questioned holding by-elections to the three Lok Sabha seats.

He said, "We need to think about the need for this (by-poll)."

G Parameshwara, the deputy Chief Minister also said the announcement of by-polls for three parliamentary seats was surprising.

Rival BJP concurred with the Congress on this.

BS Yeddyurappa, the BJP state President,  termed the Lok Sabha by-polls "unnecessary" and said no party wanted it.

"Election Commission has decided it. Till the last moment we were under the impression that there will be no Lok Sabha by-poll. No party is interested," the former chief minister told reporters in Shikaripura.

"Whoever gets elected will be Member of Parliament for just five months. After that we will have to face election once again. This was unnecessary. Don't know what the Election Commission thought, but we will have to bow to its decision," he said.

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