2019 Karnataka Legislative Assembly by-elections

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2019 Karnataka Legislative Assembly By-election

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15 of the 17 vacant seats in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri B.S. Yediyurappa.jpg Siddaramaiah (cropped).jpg H. D. Kumaraswamy.jpg
Leader B. S. Yediyurappa Siddaramaiah H. D. Kumaraswamy
Party BJP INC Janata Dal (Secular)
Alliance NDA UPA
Leader's seat Shikaripura Badami Channapatna
Last election 0 11 3
Seats won 12 2 0
Seat change Increase12 Decrease9 Decrease3
Percentage 50.32% 31.50% 11.90%
Swing Increase18.82pp Decrease13.96pp Decrease4.87pp

Chief Minister before election

B. S. Yediyurappa

Chief Minister

B. S. Yediyurappa

By-elections to fifteen state assembly constituencies were held in Karnataka on 5 December 2019, and results were announced on 9 December. BJP, the ruling party, needed to win 6 out of the 15 seats to maintain its majority. It won 12 out of 15 seats. Congress won two, JD(S) failed to open its account, and one seat was won by a rebel BJP leader who contested as an independent.

Election schedule[edit]


By-elections to fifteen state assembly constituencies were originally to be held on 21 October 2019 together with Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly elections. The counting of votes was to be on 24 October 2019.[1][2][3]

Event Date Day
Date for Nominations 23 Sep 2019 Monday
Last Date for filing Nominations 30 Sep 2019 Monday
Date for scrutiny of nominations 1 Oct 2019 Tuesday
Last date for withdrawal of candidatures 3 Oct 2019 Thursday
Date of poll 21 Oct 2019 Monday
Date of counting 24 Oct 2019 Thursday
Date before which the election shall be completed 24 Oct 2019 Sunday


The Election Commission on 27 September rescheduled the by-elections to 15 Karnataka assembly constituencies to 5 December and will declare the results no later than 11 December.[4]

Event Date Day
Date for Nominations 11 Nov 2019 Monday
Last Date for filing Nominations 18 Nov 2019 Monday
Date for scrutiny of nominations 19 Nov 2019 Tuesday
Last date for withdrawal of candidatures 21 Nov 2019 Thursday
Date of poll 5 Dec 2019 Thursday
Date of counting 9 Dec 2019 Monday
Date before which the election shall be completed 11 Dec 2019 Wednesday

Surveys and polls[edit]

Seat projections[edit]

Poll type Publishing Date Polling Agency Majority
BJP INC JD(S) Others
Exit polls[5] 5 December 2019 Karnataka Power TV 8-12 3-6 0-2 0-1 1-5
BTV 9 3 2 1 2
Public TV 8-10 3-5 1-2 0-1 1-3


Results by party[edit]

Alliance Party Vote Share Votes Seats
% +/-% No. +/- No. % +/-
NDA Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 50.32 Increase18.82 1,291,049 Increase457,696 12 80.00 Increase12
UPA Indian National Congress (INC) 31.50 Decrease13.96 808,114 Decrease394,560 2 13.33 Decrease9
None Janata Dal (Secular) (JD(S)) 11.90 Decrease4.87pp 305,307 Decrease138,325 0 0.00 Decrease3
Uttama Prajaakeeya Party (UPP) 0.43 Increase0.43 10,928 Increase10,928 0 0.00 Steady0
Karnataka Rashtra Samithi (KRS) 0.11 Increase0.11 2,714 Increase2,714 0 0.00 Steady0
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) 0.09 Increase0.09 2,417 Increase2,417 0 0.00 Steady0
Independent (IND) 4.27 Increase2.01 109,530 Increase49,852 1 6.67 Increase1
Others 0.38 Decrease2.84 9,671 Increase75,531 0 0.00 Decrease1
None of the Above (NOTA) 0.94 Increase0.17 24,073 Increase3,599
Soure: Karnataka CEO[6]

Results by constituency[edit]

S.No Assembly Constituency Winner Runner-up Margin
No. Name Candidate Party Votes Candidate Party Votes
1 3 Athani Mahesh Kumathalli Bharatiya Janata Party 99,203 Gajanan Bhalachandra Mangasuli Indian National Congress 59,214 39,989
2 4 Kagwad Shrimant Balasaheb Patil Bharatiya Janata Party 76,952 Bharamgouda Alagouda Kage Indian National Congress 58,395 18,557
3 9 Gokak Jarkiholi Ramesh Laxmanrao Bharatiya Janata Party 87,450 Lakhan Laxmanrao Jarkiholi Indian National Congress 58,444 29,006
4 81 Yellapur Arabail Hebbar Shivaram Bharatiya Janata Party 80,442 Bhimanna Naik Indian National Congress 49,034 31,408
5 86 Hirekerur B.C. Patil Bharatiya Janata Party 85,562 Bannikod Basappa Hanumantappa Indian National Congress 56,495 29,067
6 87 Ranebennur Arunkumar Guththur (M M P) Bharatiya Janata Party 95,438 K B Koliwad Indian National Congress 72,216 23,222
7 90 Vijayanagara Anand Singh Bharatiya Janata Party 85,477 V.Y. Ghorpade Indian National Congress 55,352 30,125
8 141 Chikkaballapur DR. K.Sudhakar Bharatiya Janata Party 84,389 M. Anjanappa Indian National Congress 49,588 34,801
9 151 Krishnarajapuram (K R Pura) B.A.Basavaraja Bharatiya Janata Party 1,39,879 M.Narayanaswamy Indian National Congress 76,436 63,443
10 153 Yeshvanthapura S. T. Somashekar Bharatiya Janata Party 1,44,722 T.N. Javarayi Gowda Janata Dal (Secular) 1,17,023 27,699
11 156 Mahalakshmi Layout K Gopalaiah Bharatiya Janata Party 85,889 M. Shivaraju Indian National Congress 31,503 54,386
12 162 Shivajinagar Rizwan Arshad Indian National Congress 49,890 M. Saravana Bharatiya Janata Party 36,369 13,521
13 178 Hoskote Sharath Kumar Bachegowda Independent 81,671 M T B Nagaraj Bharatiya Janata Party 70,185 13,521
14 192 Krishnarajpet (K R Pet) Narayan Gowda Bharatiya Janata Party 66,094 B. L. Devaraj Janata Dal (Secular) 56,363 9,731
15 212 Hunsur H. P. Manjunath Indian National Congress 92,725 Adagur.h.Vishwanath Bharatiya Janata Party 52,998 39,727

Gains by BJP[edit]

The bypolls were necessitated because 15 MLAs, from Congress and Janata Dal (S), resigned to bring down Kumaraswamy's coalition government. BJP won 12 out of 15 seats. But 3 seats escaped its grasp. Roshan Beg from Shivajinagar had resigned. But BJP did not allow Roshan Baig to join them, and he did not contest the bypoll. Congress retained the seat. From Hoskote, MTB Nagaraj resigned his seat and joined BJP who nominated him from his former seat. But a BJP rebel challenged him, and the rebel won. From Hunsur (Hunasuru), Adagur Vishwanath had won on JD(S) ticket, defeating Manjunath of Congress. He resigned, and contested as BJP candidate this time. But this time Manjunath managed to win the seat for Congress.

See also[edit]


  1. Nair, Arun, ed. (21 September 2019). "Highlights: Maharashtra, Haryana To Hold Polls On October 21, Results On October 24". NDTV.com. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  2. "Maharashtra & Haryana Vidhan Sabha Chunav Date 2019: विधानसभा चुनाव 2019 तारीख: महाराष्ट्र और हरियाणा में 21 अक्टूबर को होगा विधानसभा चुनाव, 24 को आएंगे नतीजे". Navbharat Times. 21 September 2019.[permanent dead link]
  3. "Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancy in the Parliamentary Constituency & State Legislative Assemblies of various States/UTs". Election Commission of India.
  4. "Karnataka byelections rescheduled; voting on December 5, results on December 9 | Bengaluru News". The Times of India.
  5. "Karnataka poll of polls: Exit polls predict lead for BJP in by-elections". India Today. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  6. "Karnataka State Result Status" (PDF). Retrieved 24 August 2021.
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