Karnataka Gram Panchayat Election 2020: Karnataka GP polls on December 22, 27; results will be out on 30th | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The State Election Commission on Monday announced elections to 5,762 of Karnataka’s 6,004 gram panchayats. Polling will be held on December 22 and 27, and results will be declared on Dec 30.
Some 162 gram panchayats will not go to the polls since their term ends only on Dec 20. At least 74 gram panchayats, which have been upgraded as urban local bodies, will also not vote in December along with six panchayats because of an ongoing court case.
Though the elections are held without using party symbols, control of GPs is seen by mainstream parties BJP, Congress and JD(S) as building blocks to consolidate their power at the grassroots. In the 2016 local body polls, Congress-backed candidates had won a majority of the seats.
CM BS Yediyurappa said panchayat polls are as crucial as assembly and Lok Sabha elections since they strengthen the organisation at the grassroots. “We will take utmost interest in the polls, though candidates will not face the election on party symbols. However, we want the candidates supported by us to win,” he added.
KPCC chief DK Shivakumar said the party was geared to take on the BJP and retain a bulk of the panchayat seats.

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