BENGALURU: The decision of holding by-elections to three Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka on November 3 by the Election Commission of India has surprised political parties. The parties that have been elected for the by-polls will only have about five months in office till the election, sources revealed.

By-polls for the parliamentary seats in Shivamogga, Ballari, and Mandya will take place on November 3. And the same date has been chosen for the by-polls of Ramanagara and Jamkhandi parliamentary seats. The results on the other hand for the said elections will come after three days.

The by-polls in the state are taking place in order to fill the vacated seats by the BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa (Shivamogga) and B Sriramalu (Ballari), and CS Puttaraju of JD(S) (Mandya). The above Members of Parliament resigned regarding the assembly elections in May.

Besides this, By-polls to the Jamkhandi assembly seat became a need after Congress lawmaker Siddu Nyamagouda’s passes away few months he was elected. while Ramanagara fell vacant after chief minister HD Kumaraswamy retained the Channapatna seat and gave up the seat at Ramanagara.

The decision of assembly by-polls by EIC has been welcomed by the parties. On Sunday, amidst a visit to Ramanagara, Anitha Kumaraswamy said she would contest there.

Regarding this, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Karnataka Congress chief said that there was a need for the assembly by-polls as a term of four-and-half years were still left for the house.

Pointing out that the Lok Sabha was expected by March or April, he said, “We need to think about the need for this (by-poll).” Besides this, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara said, “the announcement of by-polls for three parliamentary seats was surprising”.

“Election Commission has decided it. Till the last moment, we were under the impression that there will be no Lok Sabha by-poll. No party is interested. Whoever gets elected will be Member of Parliament for just five months. After that, we will have to face election once again. This was unnecessary. Don’t know what the Election Commission thought, but we will have to bow to its decision,” the former chief minister told our reporters.