Karnataka: Elections to 25 seats on December 10, BJP eyes control of upper house | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Election Commission on Tuesday announced biennial elections to the Karnataka legislative council for 25 seats on December 10, setting the stage for an electoral bout to take control of the upper house.
The elections have been announced as the term of 25 council members ends on January 5. Members of 20 local authorities’ constituencies form the electorate. Results of the election will be declared on December 14.
The council has 75 members. The ruling BJP is six short of a majority in the upper house, where it finds difficult to pass key — and, often, controversial — legislation without tacit understanding from the opposition parties.
Draft voters’ list to be out in 3 days
With seven of its legislators retiring, the BJP needs to win at least 13 of the 25 seats to prevail in the upper house after a six-year gap.
The elections present chief minister Basavaraj Bommai an opportunity to regain the lost ground after losing Hangal seat in his home district of Haveri in the recently concluded byelections.
The big names who will retire include council deputy chairperson MK Pranesh, social welfare and backward classes minister Kota Srinivas Poojary, Congress MLC and opposition leader SR Patil, ruling and opposition party whips Mahantesh Kavatagimath and M Narayanswamy and former council chairperson K Prathap Chandra Shetty.
The polls are being held for two seats each from the local authorities’ constituencies of Vijayapura, Belagavi, Dharwad, DK and Mysuru; and one each from Bidar, Kalaburagi, Uttara Kannada, Raichur, Ballari, Chitradurga, Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Tumakuru, Mandya, Bengaluru, Bengaluru Rural, Kolar and Kodagu.
The Election Commission said the model code of conduct will come into force with immediate effect in all the 25 constituencies. It said Covid-19 guidelines should be strictly followed. Chief electoral officer Manoj Kumar Meena said the draft roll of electors will be published in 2-3 days as the number of elected members to the local bodies are to be confirmed. With the terms of members from zilla and taluk panchayats having expired, the electoral roll will include GPs and urban local bodies.

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