Bengaluru, April 23: Polling in the remaining 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka's western and northern regions ended at 5 pm. The 14 constituencies which went for polls include Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur (SC), Gulbarga (SC), Raichur (ST), Bidar, Koppal, Bellary (ST), Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere and Shimoga. The key constituencies in the state were Gulbarga, Shimoga, Ballary, Dharwad, Bidar and Uttar Kannada. A total of 65.36 percent voter turnout was recorded in the state. Karnataka Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Phase 2 Voting Ends in 14 Constituencies, Voter Turnout of 61.80% Recorded.
Congress MP Mallikarhun Kharge's family cast votes in Gundagurti village, in Kalaburagi Lok Sabha constituency. In the third phase, the BJP contested in all the 14 seats, while the Congress in 11 and JD-S in 3. The Congress contested in Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Gulbarga (SC), Raichur (ST), Bidar, Koppal, Bellary (ST), Haveri, Dharwad and Davanagere. Meanwhile, the JD-S from Bijapur (SC), Shimoga and Uttara Kannada. In the second phase polling on April 18, the BJP contested in 13, Congress in 10 and JD-S in 4. A total of 61.80 percent voter turnout recorded in the state.
According to reports, Congress leader in the outgoing Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge contested from Gulbarga while in the high-profile Shimoga, sons of two former Chief Ministers are locked in straight battle. The Congress fielded woman candidate Veena Kasappanavar in Bagalkot and JD-S Sunita Devanand in Bijapur (SC), while BJP had none. Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Schedule: Voting In 7 Phases From April 11 to May 19, Counting And Results On May 23; Check All Dates For General Elections.
The BJP won in 7 of the 8 Assembly segments in Shimoga parliamentary constituency, except in Bhadravati in the Assembly polls held in May 2018. In the 2014 general elections, the BJP had won 11 seats and the Congress the remaining 3, with none going to the JD-S.