Mysuru, June 12:- At the end of the first round, Marithibbegowda of Janata Dal (Secular) is leading by 468 votes in the biennial elections to the Karnataka Legislative Council for South Teachers’ Constituency held on June 8.
The counting of votes of the biennial elections to the Karnataka Legislative Council for South Teachers’ Constituency began at Maharani Commerce and Management College on Valmiki Road
in the city on Tuesday at 8 am.
The strong room where the postal ballot was kept was opened in presence of officials and election agents.
Meanwhile, tension prevailed at the counting centre for some time when the counting booth staff and policemen indulged in verbal spat. A heated argument took place over lack of seating arrangements at the booth. Some of the booth agents complained that the ballot paper bundles were opened in their absence.
At the end of first round, Marithibbegowda who is seeking re-election for the fourth time from South Teachers’ Constituency was leading by 468 votes against Congress candidate Lakshman. The three-time MLC who also served as the deputy speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly had secured 2605 votes and was leading in the race for the MLC seat. While Congress candidate Lakshman trailing behind with 2137 votes. BJP candidate Niranjana Murthy had secured 1757 votes at the end of first round.
As many as nine candidates are in fray from South Teachers’ Constituency and the results are expected to be announced by this evening. -KK