The 2018 Karnataka by-elections were touted as the semi-final before the 2019 General Elections. If that statement holds true, then the BJP has a lot of work to do before the General Elections to be held next year. Looking at the results, the bypolls results for the Lok Sabha seats of Ballari, Mandya, Shivamogga could not have come at a better time for the Congress and JDS.

The Congress scored a major victory wresting the Bharatiya Janata Party citadel in Bellary (reserved) Lok Sabha seat, when its candidate V.S. Ugrappa defeated BJP's J. Shantha by a margin of 2,43,161 votes. Ugrappa polled 6,28,365 votes against 3,85,204 secured by Shantha, sister of BJP leader B. Sriramulu, a close associate of controversial Reddy brothers.

Congress candidate VS Ugrappa wins the Ballari Lok Sabha seat in the Karnataka Bye-Elections 2018. This is a massive boost for the Congress as the seat earlier belonged to the BJP. VS Ugrappa won by a handsome margin and fetched over 5 lakh votes, beating the BJP candidate by over 3 lakh votes.

JDS candidate LR Shivaramegowda wins with a record 3 lakh plus votes from the Mandya Lok Sabha seat in the Karnataka By-Elections 2018. The only saving grace for the BJP is BY Raghavendra, who won the Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat with a margin of 52,148 votes. BY Raghavendra, who is the son of Lingayat strongman and former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa, thanked the voters for their support and said that Shivamogga will continue to be BJP stronghold.

Congress candidate VS Ugrappa wins the Ballari Lok Sabha seat in the Karnataka Bye-Elections 2018. This is a massive boost for the Congress as the seat earlier belonged to the BJP. VS Ugrappa won by a handsome margin and fetched over 5 lakh votes, beating the BJP candidate by over 3 lakh votes.

JDS candidate LR Shivaramegowda wins with a record 3 lakh plus votes from the Mandya Lok Sabha seat in the Karnataka By-Elections 2018.

BJP's BY Raghavendra wins Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat with a margin of 52,148 votes. BY Raghavendra, who is the son of Lingayat strongman and former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa, thanked the voters for their support and said that Shivamogga will continue to be BJP stronghold.

BJP candidate BY Raghavendra, son of the state unit chief B S Yeddyurappa, thanks voters for support, claiming victory. BJP party workers have started celebrations. BJP is leading with 36, 467 votes. The announcement is pending by the Returning Officer. In Ballari and Mandya, Congress & JDS are leading by huge margins.

Congress, JD(S) alliance lead  on Ballari, Mandya Lok Sabha seats. BJP ahead on Shivamogga seat.

JDS set to win Mandya Lok Sabha seat by a massive margin. The lead now stands at 2,25,827 votes over the BJP. JDS tally is 3,74,355 votes while BJP languishes behind at 1,48,528 votes.

The BJP has polled 2,71,771 votes after nine rounds of counting on the Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat. The JDS is no. 2 with 2,38,807 votes. BJP workers have started celebrations.

Congress candidate VS Ugrappa sets a record, crosses 1.5 lakh lead against BJP on Ballari Lok Sabha seat. Ugrappa has now broken the records of Sonia Gandhi and Sriramulu.

After the completion of sixth round of counting for Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat, BJP has polled 1,92,096 votes, while the JDS tally stands at 1,73,755.

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Bengaluru, November 6: The counting of votes for the bye-elections in Karnataka’s three Lok Sabha seats – Shivamogga, Ballari and Mandya, which were held on November 3, 2018, will be done today, Tuesday, and the results for the seats will be announced as well.

A voter turnout of 63.85% was recorded in Ballari, 61.05% in Shivamogga and 53.93% in Mandya.

The by-elections were necessitated after Yeddyurappa (Shivamogga) and Sriramalu (Ballari), and C S Puttaraju of the Janata Dal (Secular) (JD(S)) resigned as MPs on their election to the assembly in May this year.

In the Lok Sabha constituency of Shimoga, vacated by BJP veteran BS Yeddyurappa for his son BS Raghavendra, 61.05 per cent polling was registered. In Ballari, the constituency vacated by mining baron and BJP leader B Sriramulu, 63.85 per cent voter-turnout was recorded.

The lowest amount of polling was witnessed in Mandya, a JD(S) bastion, where the bypoll was necessitated due to the incumbent MP CS Puttaraju getting elected to the legislative assembly in the recent elections. A total of 53.93 per cent voting was recorded, the SEC said.