Karnataka Election Results LIVE Updates: Counting Begins, Ballot Votes Being Counted First


BENGALURU: Whether the congressional government led by Siddaramaiah returns to power or the BJP regains the only southern state that has ever governed, or if it will be a hung house, the verdict of the election of the Karnataka 2018 assembly will be clear in a few hours from now. Votes are counted for 222 of the 224 seats of the assembly from 8 a. M. 72.36 percent of the five voters eligible for crore in Karnataka cast their votes last Saturday, a notch above the 72 registered voters in the state elections of 2013. A total of nine exit polls shows that BJP It is emerging as the largest party with 97 seats, but well below the majority mark. The Congress will win 90 seats and the regional party Janata Dal Secular or JDS 31, according to the survey of exit polls.

With the exit polls also predicting that HD Deve Gowda of Janata Dal Secular will emerge as the filmmaker, there has been a great stir of post-poll negotiations, even before the vote counting begins. It is speculated that JDS HD chief Kumaraswamy is in talks with Congress and the BJP. The Prime Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, said that although he is willing to remain as prime minister for another term, he would step aside for a Dalit candidate if the party’s high command so desires. The SDB has said that it is the “responsibility” of Congress to get closer if it does not get a majority today.