Selling of liquor at retail shops and at pubs will be prohibited in parts of Bengaluru and rest of the state from Tuesday evening onwards for the next three days on account of the upcoming bye-elections in Karnataka. The bye-polls in the 15 seats will take place on December 5 and the result will be declared on December 9.
The seats that are going to the polls are Gokak, Athani, Ranebennur, Kagwad, Hirekerur, Yellapur, Yeshwanthpura, Vijayanagara, Shivajinagar, Hosakote, Hunsur, Krishnarajpet, Mahalakshmi Layout, KR Puram and Chikballapura.
Out of them, Shivaji Nagar, Mahalakshmi Layout, KR Puram and Yeshwanthpura are the four seats in Bengaluru city. Hosakote is in Bengaluru Rural district.
In Bengaluru, Mysuru and Ballari where there is a city corporation, the dry day rules will be effected only within the Assembly constituencies where the bye-polls will be held.
In the rest of the districts, there will be a blanket ban on sale of liquor for the next three days.
The prohibition is in addition to Section 144 of CrPC (prohibitory orders) that will be imposed on these seats from 6 pm on December 3 to 6 pm on December 5 as announced by the Bengaluru City Police Commissioner.
The model code of conduct for the elections came into effect from November 11. Since then, the police and Election Commission have cumulatively removed 1527 wall writings, 7963 posters and 2359 banners from public property. From private property cumulatively 835 wall writings, 1352 posters and 1462 banners were removed.
Further, Static Surveillance Teams have seized cash worth Rs 42,00,000 in the last 24 hours. Cumulatively, the Static Surveillance Teams have seized cash of Rs 3,69,18,325, vehicles worth Rs 3,50,000, party accessories worth Rs 27,000 and sarees and blouses worth Rs 30,83,319.