Hubballi: The people of Gauribidanur constituency in Karnataka turned up in large numbers to exercise their right to vote, with a 17.54% voter turnout reported. By 9.45 am, the state witnessed 9 % polling.
The enthusiasm of the voters was evident in the long queues that formed outside polling booths, with people waiting patiently for their turn. In some polling booths in the Hubballi Central constituency, people waited for over an hour to cast their votes, while in Hubballi-Dharwad (West), the wait was even longer. However, brisk polling was witnessed in many other polling booths in both constituencies.
BJP candidate for Hubballi-Dharwad (East), Dr. Krantikiran, exercised his right to vote at polling booth 106 in the administration building of KIMS in Hubballi. Senior BJP leaders Shobha Karandalaje, Gopalaiah, and others offered prayers at Veeranjaneya temple in Bengaluru.
Shoba, while speaking to media persons, criticized the Congress proposal to ban Bajrang Dal, stating that it had created a fear psychosis in Karnataka. She also lashed out at the Congress All India General Secretary, Randeep Surjewala, for allegedly insulting Lord Anjaneya by questioning whether he was born in Kishkinda or Karnataka.
Karnataka’s Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai also exercised his right to vote after offering prayers at the Hanuman Mandir in Hubballi and Gayatri temple in Tadas. The people of Karnataka have shown great enthusiasm in the ongoing assembly elections, with the large voter turnout being a testament to their commitment to democracy.