BENGALURU: With just hours into the counting of votes for Karnataka Assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday crossed the halfway mark taking lead on 111 seats. While the Congress is leading in 61 seats, the JSD is in the third position leading on 48 seats. Here are the latest updates for Govindraj Nagar, Vijay Nagar, Chamrajpet, Chickpet, Basavanagudi, Padmanaba Nagar, BTM Layout, Mahadevapura, Bommanahalli, Bangalore South, Anekal, Hosakote, Devanahalli and Doddaballapur constituencies of Karnataka.
A single-phase polling was held in 222 constituencies out of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST). 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.
The polling in Karnataka was held on May 12 with 4.94 crore voters exercising their franchise to decide the fates of over 2600 candidates, contesting from 222 assembly seats. The overall voter turnout recorded was 72.13 per cent.
The Siddaramaiah-led ruling Congress is confident of restoring power for a second consecutive term, while the Opposition BJP is eyeing to spread its wings on the 22nd state. The exit polls for Karnataka polls 2018 conducted by different channels showed that the state is readying for a hung assembly. While some polls showed Congress as the single largest party, others claimed that the BJP will win the largest number of seats. JD-S will remain at the third spot, according to most exit polls.
Karnataka is one of the eight states where polls were scheduled this year. Now it is to see if the Congress can restore power or the Narendra Modi-powered BJP will foil its plan and make a comeback with BS Yeddyurappa at the helm in Karnataka.