Women, youth voted in large numbers in Karnataka polls: CEO Sanjeev Kumar

Darnell Taylor
May 15, 2018

BJP leader and Union Minister Sadanand Gowda said that there was no question of any alliance with the JD-S as his party was headed towards a clear majority.

Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly. Some give the Congress a slight edge over the BJP; others see the BJP forming the next government in Karnataka.

Out of 225-Karnataka Assembly segments, 222 went to the polls.

BJP is closing in, with 52 seats at 8.31am.

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.

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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.

India TV-VMR Exit Poll has predicted hung assembly in Karnataka. Some have said the Congress, led by its chief ministerial candidate Siddaramaiah, will emerge as the single largest party, while some have given the single largest party tag to the BJP.

According to the latest numbers, the Indian National Congress got 98.3 lakh votes (38.0%), while the BJP got only 95.1 lakh votes (36.7%).

If an election results in a hung assembly, then fresh elections are announced and conducted as soon as possible. The India Today-Axis exit poll said the Congress would be the single largest party. However, Deve Gowda JD (S) or Janta Dal (S) is to watch out for. "Every Congressman or (party) activist I have met in Karnataka has no doubt that we will be the single largest party". There are 19 seats in coastal Karnataka and the BJP had performed badly in this region in 2013.

Out of the 222 seats, 80-90 are expected to go to the BJP, while anywhere from 35-50 are expected to go to the JD (S).

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