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About 70% of the electorate’s casted their votes in the bypoll elections at Bellary (rural) in the state of Karnataka where the ruling party BJP is locked in a soar contest with its former leader Mr. B Sriramulu who is seeking re-election as an independent.

An Election Commission official said that “The polling was completely peaceful”.In a total of 195 polling booths, 133 were identified as hypersensitive and while 52 booths were declared as sensitive, the election took place under tight security with some 2,500 personnel, including 4 companies of central paramilitary force, home guards and civil police deployed in action.

Former Health Minister, Mr. Sriramulu quit the seat after being accused in the Lokayukta report on the illegal mining issue, and parted ways with the BJP by contesting as an independent.

This has been seen as a prestigious battle for the ruling BJP, after the Reddy brothers & the former Ministers, Mr. G Janardhana Reddy and Mr. G Karunakara Reddy, they had been given free hand in the district affairs of the party and drifted away from it.So far BJP suspended a couple of Lok Sabha members, and three MLA’s and a MLC who backed Mr. Sriramulu.

The counting of the votes is scheduled on 4th December.

70 % votes were polled in the Bellary bypoll election
Originally published on: All India Today

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