With a neck-and-neck clash predicted between the BJP and Congress in all three constituencies, the results are expected to give a massive boost to the winning side, whether it is BJP or Congress.
Belagavi Lok Sabha, Basavakalyan Assembly constituencies record low voter turnout, Maski notches 77.5%
The constituency comprises 23,9782 voters — 1,24,984 men, 1,14,794 women and four others.
If the number of public meetings and road shows attended by a large number of people is anything to go by, the situation looks grim.
In Basavakalyan constituency, KPCC working president Eshwar Khandre, entrusted with the task of leading the campaign, tested Covid-positive a few days ago.
Sources said the Income Tax authorities are also on tight vigil, and any large withdrawals of money or movement of cash in and around the areas will be watched closely.
For the first time in the history of Basavakalyan constituency, bypolls are being held on the basis of ‘gratitude plus sympathy vs gratitude plus caste’.
Leaders recognise efforts of workers while campaigning in Maski, Basavakalyan, Belagavi
Sources in the election department said that in all, 12 candidates, including those from BJP, Congress and JDS, have remained in fray.
The Congress, which was beginning to lose its Chanakya touch in the art of elections, is working to step up its game and compete with the BJP, a past master in poll engineering.
The JDS has fielded Syed Yasrab Ali Quadri. All three are making their political debut.
Trouble is brewing within BJP in Basavakalyan over the selection of Sharanu Salgar as the party candidate for the bypoll, which will be held on April 17.
The party has fielded Syed Yasreb Ali Qadri as the candidate from Basavakalyan.
Once the core committee decides on the candidates, the names will be sent to New Delhi, where the party's Central Election Committee will finalise the names.
BJP confident of sweep; Congress, JDS prepare for poll run in North Karnataka