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People have accepted defectors, we accept defeat, says DK Shivakumar

The future of the four-month-old B S Yediyurappa-led BJP government in Karnataka will be clear today after the counting of votes in the crucial byelections to 15 assembly constituencies.

The counting of votes polled in the December 5 polls, which saw a voter turnout of 67.91 per cent, began at 8 am in 11 centres and all the results are most likely to be out by the afternoon.

The bypolls were held to fill the vacancies caused by the disqualification of 17 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs, whose revolt led to collapse of the H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in July and paved the way for BJP to come to power.

The outcome of the bypoll is crucial for BJP which needs to win at least six seats to remain in majority.