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Congress is leading in Karnataka By-poll by 4-1, results will indicate public mood ahead of Loksabha election 2019.

Three hours after counting began the ruling Congress-JD(S) are ahead of the BJP in four out of five seats in a Karnataka by-election billed as a semi-final before Lok Sabha polls next year. The ruling alliance has widened its lead in BJP bastion Ballari in what will be the big upset if they win.

The by-elections to three Lok Sabha and two assembly seats are seen as a crucial test for the Congress-JDS alliance, forged after state elections in May this year to keep out single largest party BJP.