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70.23% voter turnout in Karnataka Assembly Elections

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70.23% voter turnout in Karnataka Assembly Elections Bangalore: A 70.23 per cent voter turnout was recorded on Sunday in the high-stake Karnataka Assembly elections amid projections that the ruling BJP was on a slippery ground against a resurgent Congress.

The polling began on a brisk note at 7 am and the turnout ebbed in the afternoon as the mercury soared before regaining momentum in the last hours in 223 seats in the 224-member House for which a total of 2,940 candidates were in the fray with a 4.35 crore-strong electorate eligible to vote.

Election in Periyapatna in Mysore district has been put off to May 28 following the death of the BJP candidate.

Electoral officials tonight said 70.23 voting percentage was recorded with the highest turnout of 77.95 per cent in Bangalore Rural and the lowest of 52.83 per cent in Bangalore Urban.

Counting of votes will be taken up on May 8.

70.23% voter turnout in Karnataka Assembly Elections Prominent candidates included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah, President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee G Parameshwara, former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and JDS state unit President HD Kumaraswamy.

Elaborate security arrangements had been made with 1.35 lakh police personnel on duty in some 52,000 polling booths where about 65,000 electronic voting machines were in place.

Barring sporadic incidents, including one at Bellary, the voting was largely peaceful. None of the incidents was of such a nature that called for repolling, Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha told reporters.

70.23% voter turnout in Karnataka Assembly Elections Breakaway parties -- Karnataka Janatha Paksha of BS Yeddyurappa and BSR Congress formed by former Minister B Sriramulu -- are projected to dent the prospects of BJP, already battered by intra-party fights and allegations of corruption.

While the overall voter turnout was 64.91 per cent in the 2008 elections, the average in the 28 segments of Bangalore was a low 47.3 per cent.

Jha said two officials on poll duty died at Honnavar in Uttara Kannada and Tumkur district.

Sectoral Officer MC Mahendra died before poll in Honnavar early today and Thimmaiah, who was the Presiding Officer, passed away due to suspected cardiac arrest in a booth in Madhugiri taluk.

A Haveri report said Leelavathi Mekki, a 28-year-old teacher, who reported for poll duty yesterday at Negalur in Haveri district, complained of chest pain and died today in neighbouring Davangere, where she was shifted.

Pre-poll surveys and exit polls have predicted that Congress is all set to unseat the BJP to stage a comeback to power after more than an eight-year long gap.

With KJP expected to play spoiler to the prospects of BJP, its strength is forecast to dwindle by more than half from 110 seats it won in the 2008 elections installing the party's first ever government in South.

JDS is projected to improve by a dozen seats compared to 28 the last time around. Police said they arrested four persons who were openly wielding swords in the district headquarters town of Kolar, adding that a major clash was averted between supporters of an Independent and a political party.

At Sidlagatta in Chikkaballapura district, one person was injured seriously by supporters of another party.

In a Bellary booth, a voter was allegedly hit by a policeman over a trivial issue and sustained injuries in the ear.

In the 2008 elections to the total of 224 seats, BJP, bagged 33.86 per cent of the votes polled, followed by Congress (34.59) with 80 seats and JDS 19.13 per cent votes.

PTI

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First Published: Sunday, May 05, 2013, 08:29
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Basavaraja K Ayyanagoudar - Bangalore
I think BJP and KJP will form the government, I think people understand which party is really corrupt. It is always good to vote for less corrupt when there is corruption everywhere, Lets pray that BJP/KJP to form the government and save from selling the country/state to other nations.
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super - bangalore
well said mr Basvaraj yes we ill form the govt
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mitesh chavda - Jamgnar
Strange exit poll. All channel showing same number of sit to all party like c is 110-119- bjp 51-59, jds 30-37 and KGP 9-13. It means they news channel copied each other so it may have go wrong with new channel or all are right. let`s wait . In this situation if Congress win karnataka then people of india deserved for wrost living life ahead as till jija, bhatija, bahnej are earning now from next year sala, sasu, ex wife, naukar of congress leader will become reach in next five years
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Uday - Bangalore
BJP High command did blunder by removing Yedyurappa. It was Ananth Kumar and Eshwarappa who are responsible for wasout of BJP in karnataka. It is the end of BJP in Karnataka. It is proved that there is no capable leader in BJP after the exit of Yedyurappa.
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vija - banglore and usa
If Karnataka citizen is smart and wants competition with Gujarat then they should vote to BJP I hope that citizen does not want 65 years behind led by Congress.
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shiva prasad n a - bangalore
75% congress n 25% sammishra
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Shiva Prasad N.A - Bangalore
75% Congress will com n 25% Sammishara Sarakara in
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Suresh.S.Mendgudale - Solapur
Ravikant Shakrayya Patil New MLA OF Karnataka Asembli Is My 100% Gess Best of Luck Ravi Patil SURESH
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Pravin Jand - Surat
BJP deserves to win. No doubt Yedyurappa spoilt the game, but people need to remember that after allegations Yedyurappa was asked to resign by BJP Hogh Command. Contrary to this, Congress always shields it`s wrongdoing ministers. This point proves the difference bertween the two parties. BJP may have some corrupt people in the party, but BJP people are patriotic. They care for the nation.
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basha - kolar
BJP will win No surprise
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somashekhar - bijapur
good people only expects goog government.
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Ashfaq - bangalore
Janta Dal will win.. Suprise
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Pravin Jand - Surat
BJP deserves to win. No doubt Yedyurappa spoilt the game, but people need to remember that after allegations Yedyurappa was asked to resign by BJP Hogh Command. Contrary to this, Congress always shields it`s wrongdoing ministers. This point proves the difference bertween the two parties. BJP may have some corrupt people in the party, but BJP people are patriotic. They care for the nation.



Ajit patil - sangali. maharashtra
i am strongly believe that aBjp and Kjp will form govt in karnataka, congress will never allow others to grow in their political n personal life. . the congress corruption party will remain at 4 position in this election . . long live bjp kjp relation



lakshmi - bangalore
mr golden spoons congress world records of corruption railgat, coalgat, 2g gate, thorium gate, herald gate, vadra gate, cbi gate





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