Prime News, Karnataka, Elections, Politics, Bengaluru, April 17:- Voting is underway for the by-elections to Belagavi Lok Sabha and Maski and Basavakalyan Assembly segments in Karnataka on Saturday (April 17), poll officials said.
Among voters from all three segments, over 11.37 lakh are men and over 11.22 lakh are women.
A total of 30 candidates are in the fray from all three constituencies. While Belagavi has 10 candidates, Basavakalyan and Maski have 12 and eight respectively.
Maski seat fell vacant following the disqualification of MLA Prathapagouda Patil who had won in 2018 as the Congress candidate and is now with the BJP.
The ruling BJP and the opposition Congress are battling it out in all three constituencies, while the JD(S) has limited itself only to Basavakalyan, as the regional party has not fielded any candidates in Maski and Belagavi.
The ruling BJP has fielded Mangala Suresh Angadi, the wife of late Suresh Angadi, from the Belgaum Lok Sabha seat.
Pratapagouda Patil, who quit Congress and joined the BJP is the saffron party’s candidate from the Maski Assembly segment, while youth leader Sharanu Salagar has been fielded in Basavakalyan.
BJP rebel and former MLA Mallikarjun Khuba is in the fray as an independent candidate from Basavakalyan.
The Congress has fielded its state working president Satish Jarkiholi, who is currently the MLA of Yamkanmaradi Assembly segment, as its candidate from Belagavi.
Mallamma, the wife of late legislator B Narayan Rao, is the grand old party’s candidate from Basavakalyan seat, while Basanagouda Turvihal, who recently joined the party, has been fielded in the Maski segment.
JD(S) has named Syed Yasrab Ali Quadri, who was with the Congress earlier, as its candidate from Basavakalyan. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)