Karnataka elections: Ballari polling booth becomes makeshift delivery room, woman gives birth to a child

A woman gives birth to a baby with the help of officials and voters inside a polling booth during Karnataka elections in Bellary. (Credits: Reuters)

According to a report, women officers and women voters assisted during the delivery

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A polling station at Kurlagindi village in Bellary district on Wednesday turned into a makeshift delivery room after a 23-year-old woman went into labor while she was on her way to vote for the Karnataka Assembly elections.

Women officers and women voters on campus assisted during deliveries, according to a report by New Indian Express,

In a separate incident, some Congress and BJP workers clashed with each other at Sanjeevarayankote in Ballari district.

By 3 PM, the voting percentage for the Karnataka Assembly elections had crossed 50%. With three hours remaining for the polling to end at 6 pm, the total voter turnout across the state was recorded at 52.18%. According to election officials, the highest voter turnout of 63.36% was recorded in Ramanagara, while the lowest was recorded at 40.28% in parts of Bengaluru city under the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) South limits.

According to the Election Commission, 2,615 candidates are contesting in the state assembly elections held at 58,545 polling stations. There are a total of 5,31,33,054 eligible voters in the state, of which 2,67,28,053 are male, 2,64,00,074 are female, and 4,927 belong to the “others” category. Of the candidates, 2,430 are men, 184 are women, and one is from a third gender.

In the battle for Karnataka, the main contenders are the ruling BJP, the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) led by former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, making it a three-way race.

During the 2018 Karnataka Assembly elections, the state recorded a voter turnout of 72.36%. BJP emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, followed by Congress with 80 seats and JD(S) with 37 seats. There was also one independent member, while the BSP and the Karnataka Pragyavantha Janata Party (KPJP) elected one MLA each. As no party was able to secure a clear majority, the Congress and the JD(S) tried to form a coalition, but BS Yeddyurappa of the BJP, being the single largest party, claimed and formed the government.

However, his government lasted only three days as it was dissolved before the trust vote as Yediyurappa was unable to muster enough support. The Congress-JD(S) coalition later formed the government with HD Kumaraswamy as chief minister, but the government collapsed within 14 months as 17 MLAs resigned and joined the BJP. After this, in the by-elections held in 2019, the ruling party won 12 out of 15 seats.

The ruling BJP currently has 116 MLAs in the outgoing assembly, followed by Congress with 69, JD(S) with 29, BSP with one, independents with two, and six vacant seats due to death and resignation. before other parties are to join. ,

(With inputs from PTI)

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