Counting of votes for K'taka Assembly polls begins

Karnataka chief electoral officer Sanjeev Kumar said five minor clashes were reported from various parts of Karnataka

Karnataka chief electoral officer Sanjeev Kumar said five minor clashes were reported from various parts of Karnataka

The Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP crossed the halfway mark on Tuesday within the first three hours of counting during Karnataka Assembly Polls Results 2018.

Since the 2014 general election, the Congress has been defeated by the BJP in over a dozen states, drastically shrinking its political footprint. The turnout was the highest-ever in Karnataka since the 1952 Assembly elections, he said. Congress is leading on 67 seats, while JD (S)+ has moved up to lead on 25 seats.

Among the prominent candidates are Chief Minister Siddaramaiah from Chamundeshwari district in Mysuru and Badami in Bagalkot and his son Yatindra from Varuna in Mysuru. It predicts 82 to 94 seats for Congress, while JD (S) and others will get 18-31 seats and 1 to 8 seats respectively.

India TV-VMR exit poll has predicted hung assembly in Karnataka.


The BJP managed to beat the Congress in seat count even though it got fewer votes than the Congress as its votes were concentrated in a smaller number of seats, enabling its candidates to win in larger numbers. The election for the Jayanagara seat in Bengaluru was countermanded following the death of BJP candidate and sitting MLA B N Vijaykumar on May 4.

To ease the concerns, the Congress Party has already indicated that it is willing to put up someone like Mallikarjun Kharge, who belongs to a Dalit community, as its chief ministerial candidate. Again Congress was single largest party with 17 seats and BJP got only 13 seats. remaining 10 seats shared by other parties. The India Today-Axis exit poll said the Congress would be the single largest party.

Against just 30-35 seats that JD (S) was expected to win, it is likely to win close to 40 seats, going by the initial trends in leads. He had said JD (S) will not back anyone. There are 19 seats in coastal Karnataka and the BJP had performed badly in this region in 2013.

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