The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced that bye-elections in Shivamogga, Ballari and Mandya Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka will be held on November 3.
The bye-elections are being held after BJP MPs BS Yeddyurappa (Shivamogga), Sriramulu (Ballari) and JD(S) leader CS Putturaju (Mandya) vacated their positions after being elected as MLAs in the State Assembly elections earlier this year.
In addition, the ECI announced that elections for Ramanagara and Jamkhandi State Assembly constituencies will also be held on the same date.
The bye-polls for the State Assembly seats are being held since Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is relinquishing his seat in Ramanagara after he won from two constituencies – Ramanagara and Channapatna. Meanwhile, Siddu Nyamagowda, the MLA in Jamkhandi, passed away on May 28, two weeks after the elections.
With a month left for the polls, the model code of conduct comes into effect immediately in these constituencies.
The last date for parties to name nominations is 16 October. The BJP is reportedly planning to field Yeddyurappa’s eldest son Raghavendra for the MP seat in Shivamogga.
The Congress meanwhile is considering nominating Anil Lad or Santosh Lad as candidates from Ballari. Santosh has previously been an MP.
However, with only few months left for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, lobbying for seats within the party is expected to be limited.