BENGALURU: The Bharatiya Janata Party surged ahead in 107 in the ongoing Karnataka Assembly Election results 2018, inching close to the 112 majority mark. The Congress was leading in just 63 seats while JDS+ is ahead in 42 seats. In this article let's take a look at the election trends from Davanagere North, Davanagere South, Mayakonda, Channagiri, Honnali, Shimoga Rural, Bhadravathi, Shimoga, Tirthahalli, Shikaripura, Sorab, Sagar, Byndoor, Kundapura, Udupi. A clear trend of Karnataka election results will start emerging by afternoon.
The counting, which is underway at 38 centres in 30 districts across the state, will first count postal ballots before opening the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The Election Commission has deployed 16,662 personnel for counting of votes amid tight security. There are three flying squads in every constituency, 154 general observers, 136 expenditure observers, 34 police observers, 10,000 micro observers, 3.2 lakh polling personnel and members of the Central police forces in all polling stations.
Over 72 per cent of the 4.94-crore strong electorate in Karnataka voted on Saturday, May 12, the highest voter turnout in the last 35 years.
The fates of over 2,600 candidates, contesting from 222 seats out of 224-assembly constituencies, including 216 women candidates, will be out by the end of the day.
Elections in two constituencies in Bengaluru District, Jayanagar and Rajarajeshwari Nagar, were postponed earlier.
Siddaramaiah-led Congress, which is eyeing a second consecutive term in the state, fought in all 222 constituencies. The BJP, which is eyeing the 22nd state in its kitty, also fought from 222 constituencies. BS Yeddyurappa is BJP's chief ministerial candidate. The Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) fielded candidates for 201 seats while its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) contested from 21 seats. There were 1,155 Independents and about 800 candidates from national, regional and fringe parties.
Exit polls on Saturday predicted a hung Assembly, most predicting a close contest between the ruling Congress and its main rival the BJP. Deve Gowda-led JDS is likely to be the kingmaker, if the no party manages to secure a majority on its own. At present, the majority mark is 112 as results will be declared for only 222 seats.