The BJP had won the previous election by a margin of about 3.9 lakh votes.
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.
A study by the Department of Community Medicine has revealed that up to 56 per cent of infected persons contracted the virus from their family members, last year.
Belagavi Lok Sabha, Basavakalyan Assembly constituencies record low voter turnout, Maski notches 77.5%
This is the first time that the polling is being held for 12 hours, to allow voters to follow Covid protocols.
Last time, when Covid was mentioned ahead of gram panchayat elections, some people filed a Public Interest Litigation before the court urging SEC to hold elections, which we did.
In Basavakalyan constituency, KPCC working president Eshwar Khandre, entrusted with the task of leading the campaign, tested Covid-positive a few days ago.
The DC also said that political functionaries who are not voters of the constituency, should leave as campaigning is over.
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.
The district police arrested three people, including two BJP workers, for allegedly distributing money, and a woman for accepting cash, in Maski constituency.
With less than a fortnight to go for the by-election to the Maski Assembly segment, the fight is narrowing down between the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress.
Belagavi LS segment tough, but Maski Assembly seat most challenging, admits saffron party
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 BJP officially launched its campaign for the bypolls to Maski and Basavakalyan Assembly constituencies and Belagavi Lok Sabha seat from Maski town on Saturday.
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.