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9.45 pc voter turnout sets early trend in Karnataka

9.45 pc voter turnout sets early trend in Karnataka

Bengaluru, May 7 (UNI) An estimated 9.45 percent voter turnout was reported across 14 Lok Sabha constituencies within the first two hours of voting on Tuesday as 2.59 crore voter exercised their rights in the state's second and final phase.
From the urban streets to the rural landscapes of northern districts, queues formed early at polling booths, reflecting the diverse demographics of eager voters, who prioritised their civic duty amidst the anticipation of rising temperatures later in the day.
The electoral fervor was palpable as election officials noted the turnout figures, with Shivamogga leading the charge at 11.39 percent, closely followed by Uttara Kannada at 11.07 percent, while Raichur reported the least at 8.27 percent.

A total of 227 candidates, including 21 women, are vying for the electorate's support in the northern districts, where over 2.59 crore voters are eligible to cast their ballots across 28,269 polling stations. Voting began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm.
The electoral arena witnessed a familiar battleground, with the Congress and the BJP once again locking horns in a head-to-head contest, while the JDS chose to extend its support to its NDA ally, the BJP.
This phase of polling marks a continuation of the electoral saga that unfolded in Karnataka, where the first phase on April 26 covered the southern and coastal districts.
Today's constituencies Chikkodi, Belagavi, Bagalkot, Vijayapura, Kalaburagi, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Ballari, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davangere, and Shivamogga, hold the spotlight in this chapter of the democratic narrative.
In the backdrop of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, where the BJP emerged victorious in all 14 seats, defeating the Congress-JDS alliance, the stakes are high for both established leaders and emerging contenders.

Notable figures such as former Chief Ministers Basavaraj Bommai and Jagadish Shettar, Karnataka Legislative Council Chairman Basavaraj Horatti, and Minister Laxmi Hebbalkar, among others, exercised their franchise, symbolising the democratic spirit that permeates every stratum of society.
As the day progresses and the ballots are cast, the pulse of Karnataka's democracy reverberates across the nation, underscoring the collective power of the people to shape their destiny through the ballot box.

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