Karnataka elections highlights: 70% voter turnout, exit polls predict hung assembly10 min read . Updated: 12 May 2018, 08:51 PM IST
Voting has ended for Karnataka Elections 2018—a triangular contest between Congress, BJP and the JDS—and exit polls so far are predicting a close fight. Here are the live updates
BANGALORE : Polling for the high stakes Karnataka elections—a tripartite contest between the Congress, BJP and the JDS, recorded a 64% voter turnout till 5pm, state election commission officials said after voting ended at 6pm. The final polling percentage is still being still being worked out, they said.According to the EC, the highest polling was recorded in Chikkaballapura and Ramanagara at 76%, while Bengaluru Urban had the lowest at 48%. Polling was held for 222 of the 224 seats. Counting of votes will take place on 15 May.Meanwhile, results exit polls have started trickling in with the first one predicting a hung assembly.Here are the Karnataka elections live updates:
70% voter turnout in Karnataka elections
The high stakes Karnataka assembly elections saw a 70% voter turnout today, the Election Commission said in New Delhi. The last assembly election in 2013 had witnessed 71.4% polling, it said. The polling figure is likely to go up as some voters were still queued up at the polling stations after 6 pm. (PTI)
Karnataka exit polls: India TV, NDTV, ABP-C-Voter predict hung assembly
India TV: Congress: 97 seats; BJP: 87 seats; JDS: 35 seats; Others: 2-3 seatsNDTV: Congress: 72-78 seats; BJP: 102-110 seats, JDS: 35-39 seats; Others: 3-5 seatsABP and C-Voter: Congress: 87-99 seats; BJP: 97-109 seats; JDS: 21-30 seats; Others: 1-8 seats
A look at the other Karnataka exit polls and what they are predicting
Republic TV: Congress: 73-82 seats; BJP: 95-114 seats, JDS: 32-43; Others: 2-3 seatsIndia Today-Axis: Congress: 106-118 seats; BJP: 79-92 seats; JDS: 22-30 seatsNews X-CNS: Congress: 72-78 seats; BJP: 102-110 seats; JDS: 35-39 seats; Others: 3-4
Karnataka exit polls: Times Now predicts hung assembly
Times Now’s Karnataka exit poll has predicted a hung assembly with Congress winning 90-103 seats, 80-93 seats for the BJP and 31-39 seats for the JDS.Opinion polls have forecast neither the BJP or Congress would emerge as a clear winner when Karnataka election results are declared on 15 May. Such an outcome could result in JDS, taking the role of kingmaker in the 224-member state assembly.
Polling for Karnataka elections ends, 64% voter turnout recorded till 5pm
Polling for Karnataka assembly elections has ended. According to the Election Commission, 64.35% voter turnout recorded till 5pm. Re-polling will take place in Hebbal assembly constituency’s polling booth number 2 after polling was stopped due to EVM failure, reported ANI.In Badami, polling booth numbers 142, 143 and 144 in Tipu Nagar witness less turnout of voters. Locals say turnout is low as many residents are out of the district due to lack of employment here, according to ANI. Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah is contesting against BJP’s Sriramulu from Badami constituency. (PTI)
Congress leader claims EVM tampering in Bengaluru
Congress leader Brijesh Kalappa claimed that an EVM at a polling booth in Bengaluru was registering votes only for BJP irrespective of which button was pressed, according to an HT report.
Kalburagi district: Majority of villagers in Tarkaspet boycott Karnataka elections
A majority of residents in Chittapur taluk’s Tarkaspet village in Kalburagi district are boycotting Karnataka elections 2018, according to ANI. The residents are demanding gram panchayat headquarters for their village, it adds.“Majority of the 3500 residents of Chittapur taluk’s Tarkaspet village in Kalburagi district are boycotting #KarnatakaElections2018 over their demand for Gram Panchayat headquarters for their village,” ANI tweet said.
43-degree Celsius temperature affects voter turnout in Kalaburgi
43-degree Celsius temperature in Kalaburgi affects the voter turn out. Locals say, 'there was a rush at the booths in the morning, but now there is hardly any crowd at the booths as the temperature is quite high. Right now, it is more than 40 degrees.' #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/y4YAg9AZFM— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2018
Karnataka election: Voting percentage at 53% till 3pm
53% of voter turnout has been registered till 3pm in the Karnataka election, according to PTI. At 1pm, the highest of 47% voting was recorded in Dakshina Kannada district, while Bengaluru urban had registered the lowest turnout of 28%, according to state electoral authorities.
PM Modi’s image has declined, says Siddaramaiah
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah furthered his no-holds barred attack on the BJP and its leadership on Saturday as the polling is underway in the 222 out of 224 assembly constituencies. Siddaramaiah called BJP president Amit Shah “a comedy show” and also questioning PM Modi’s popularity.“This Amit Shah is like a comedy show and Narendra Modi’s image has drastically declined, his speeches are completely hollow and have made no impact on the voters of Karnataka. Therefore we are not worried,” ANI quoted Siddaramaiah as saying.
Karnataka will begin a change that India needs the most, says Siddaramaiah
My son Dr Yatindra Siddaramaiah & I have cast our vote in Varuna today.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 12, 2018
Karnataka voters as always will display political maturity & will begin a change that our country needs the most.
Please go out & vote for an inclusive & peaceful Karnataka.#KarnatakaVoting pic.twitter.com/YHLqASbVmP
37% voter turnout recorded till 1pm
An overall 33.42% voter turnout has been recorded in Karnataka elections has been recorded till 1pm, amid sporadic incidents of violence and allegations and counter-allegations by the BJP and the Congress. Polling will end at 5pm.
BJP is openly supporting JDS, they have put up a dummy candidate here: Siddaramaiah on Chamundeshwari constituency
JDS has distributed a lot of money, their candidate says he is a society secretary, so from where did he get so much money? Also, BJP is openly supporting JDS, they have put up a dummy candidate here: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah on Chamundeshwari constituency pic.twitter.com/TzQmd44S70— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2018
Congress, BJP workers clash outside polling booth in Hampi Nagar
Bengaluru: Clashes broke out b/w Congress & BJP workers outside a polling booth in Hampi Nagar,allegedly after the former thrashed a BJP corporator. Ravindra, Vijayanagar BJP candidate says, 'our corporator Anand was attacked but police isn't taking any action' #KarnatakaElection pic.twitter.com/SuXFNlI62d— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2018
Dakshina Kannada, Udupi record highest 31% voting till 11am, says EC
According to state electoral authorities, the highest 31% voting was recorded in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts respectively at 11am, while Bengaluru urban recorded the lowest at 17%. Moderate to brisk polling was reported from all over the state, officials said. Meanwhile, among other senior leaders, Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge cast his vote in Basavanagar, Shivakumara Swami of Siddaganga Matha votes in Tumakuru, BJP’s B Sriramalu casts his vote in Bellary.Sriramalu is contesting from two constituencies—Molakalmuru, a Congress bastion, and Badami, where he is pitted against current chief minister Siddaramaiah.
Karnataka Elections: BJP workers protest in Dharwad’s Karadigudda
Dharwad: BJP workers staged protest outside Booth No. 58 in Karadigudda, alleging that polling staff at the booth were asking people to vote for Congress candidate Vinay Kulkarni. EC officials present at the spot #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/xPgwpKhEEq— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2018
‘Yeddyurappa is mentally disturbed,’ says Siddaramaiah
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday said that he is “very-very confident” that Congress will return to power with complete majority. The incumbent also said that the Congress “will get more than 120 seats,” while also attacking his BJP challenger and former CM B S Yeddyurappa.“We are very-very confident that Congress party will come back to power with complete majority. Yeddyurappa is mentally disturbed. Congress will get more than 120 seats. I am very confident,’ ANI quoted Siddaramaiah as saying.
Rahul Gandhi asks people to participate in ‘festival of democracy’ by voting
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday urged the people of Karnataka to participate in the “festival of democracy” by voting in large numbers. Gandhi also welcomed first-time voters to take part in the electoral process. “Voter exercising his right without fail is the sign of functional democracy. I welcome all my young friends who are casting their vote for first time in Karnataka,” Gandhi said in a tweet in Kannada. “I request people of Karnataka to celebrate this biggest festival of democracy in large numbers with fervour, and make it successful,” he said. (PTI)
Modi planned to pray in Nepal just to influence voters, says Congress’ Ashok Gehlot
As there is model code of conduct in Karnataka, PM Modi planned to pray at temples in Nepal instead, just to influence voters.This is not a good trend for democracy.Why did he only choose today as the day?: Ashok Gehlot,Congress #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/Rho0LIFxnt— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2018
Janata Dal Secular’s H D Kumaraswamy casts vote, confident of win in Karnataka Elections
HD Kumaraswamy and wife Anitha after casting their vote in Ramanagara. Kumaraswamy says, 'We are confident that JDS will cross the magic number on its own' #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/ARk584lQfR— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2018
24% voter turnout till 11am in Karnataka Elections
Voter turnout in the ongoing Karnataka election has spiked to 24% till 11am, after a moderate start in the morning. It was recorded at nearly 11% till 9am.
11% voter turnout in first two hours of voting
About 11% polling was today recorded in the first two hours of voting in Karnataka elections—a three-cornered contest among the ruling Congress, the BJP and the JDS. Election authorities said “moderate to brisk” voting has been witnessed in 222 out of 224 seats where polling began at 7am.People were seen standing in queues to cast their votes in the early hours itself, factoring in that the temperature may go up later in the day. Also, it has been raining in different parts of south interior Karnataka for the last couple of days during the evening hours. Senior citizens were seen in good numbers standing in queues at various polling stations to cast their votes early.There are reports about delay in polling due to some technical issues with the electronic voting machines (EVMs) from different parts of the state. Election for the Jayanagara seat in Bengaluru has been countermanded following the death of BJP candidate and sitting MLA B N Vijaykumar. (PTI)
We are confident, BJP to not win more than 70 seats, says Mallikarjun Kharge
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday expressed confidence that his party is coming to power in Karnataka. Kharge also said that the BJP won’t get past 70 seats.“We are confident. BJP will not win more than 60-70 seats maximum, forget getting 150. They are just dreaming of forming the Government,” ANI quoted Kharge as saying.
Voting continues, eminent people cast their vote
Voting in Karnataka elections is gradually picking up pace with many eminent people, politicians and others joining the people to cast their vote on Saturday to elect 222 legislative assembly members in a high-stake battle between the BJP, Congress and JDS.On Saturday morning, Moorusavir Math’s Gurusidda Rajayogindra Mahaswami cast his vote in Hubli, Mysuru’s erstwhile royal Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar voted in Mysuru. Karnataka minister K.J. George, who is contesting from Sarvagnanagar constituency, cast his vote in Bengaluru. BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar cast his vote at Karnataka Reddyjana Sangha in Bengaluru’s Koramangala.
Karnataka voting: Former PM HD Deve Gowda casts vote in Hassan
JD(S)'s HD Deve Gowda, his wife Chennamma Deve Gowda, son HD Revanna & other family members cast their votes at polling booth no.244 in Holenarasipura town in Hassan district. pic.twitter.com/U40iXkAM1L— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2018
Voter turnout recorded at 10.6% till 9am
About 11% polling was recorded in the first two hours of voting in Karnataka. Election authorities said “moderate to brisk” voting has been witnessed in 222 out of 224 seats where polling began at 7am. The larger national trend of dominant castes losing their political power would continue among Vokkaligas and Lingayats in Karnataka—suggesting a large-scale shift in India’s electoral politics. Know why
PM Modi urges young voters to join ‘festival of democracy’
Urging my sisters and brothers of Karnataka to vote in large numbers today. I would particularly like to call upon young voters to vote and enrich this festival of democracy with their participation.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 12, 2018
BJP’s Yeddyurappa, Sadananda Gowda cast their vote in Karnataka elections
BJP CM candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa and Union minister and BJP leader Sadananda Gowda cast their vote in Shimoga and Puttur, respectively. ANI quoted Yeddyurappa as saying that the people of Karnataka are fed up with the Siddaramaiah government. “I assure the people of Karnataka that I’m going to give good governance,” Yeddyurappa said.
Karnataka election: BJP’s Srimalau takes on CM Siddaramaiah in Badami
BJP’s B. Sriramalu performed ‘gau pooja’ (cow worship) before casting his vote. The Congress party on Friday submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission of India seeking his immediate disqualification of Sriramalu who is considered close to the controversial Reddy brothers.
Bellary: BJP's B.Sriramalu performed 'gau pooja' (cow worship) before casting his vote. He is contesting against CM Siddaramaiah from Badami constituency. #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/Ht3akZlzK3— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2018
Karnataka Elections: Faulty VVPAT machine at booth no 108 being replaced in Hubli
Karnataka elections: Political heavyweights in the fray
Four candidates have served as chief minister of Karnataka are in the fray—current incumbent Siddaramaiah (Chamundeshwari and Badami), B. S. Yeddyurappa (Shikaripura), H. D. Kumaraswamy (Chennapatna and Ramanagara) and Jagadish Shettar (Hubli-Dharwad Central.)Mint’s Jayachandran, with his political cartoon, tells the story of a power game that was the Karnataka election campaign and how it became a national obsession.
Sakhi: All women-managed polling station in Karnataka Elections
For the first time in Karnataka Elections, one all women-managed polling station (Sakhi) has been set up in all rural assembly constituencies and five in each urban constituency (totalling 600 polling stations). (PTI)In other news, startup founders in Bengaluru are not overtly concerned about the Karnataka elections. Know why
Siddaramaiah tweets, hopes to create new history in Karnataka Elections
Today People of Karnataka are standing in queues to create history & show the nation the way to liberal, progressive, peaceful & compassionate politics & governance.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 12, 2018
I thank them for their support & wish them well. https://t.co/XC662rENDI
Karnataka Elections: EC starts SMS-based polling station access, queue status facility
In Karnataka Elections this time, the state electoral authorities have also taken certain new initiatives such as SMS-based polling station access, app-based polling station access and navigation and queue status facility for a few polling stations with higher voter population. Some special polling stations with ethnic look in primitive tribal areas have been established on a pilot basis. (PTI)
Karnataka Elections: Over 2,600 candidates’s fate to be decided today
Over 2,600 candidates are in the poll fray—more than 2400 men and over 200 women. The total voters including service electors according to the 2018 final rolls are 5,06,90,538, of whom 2,56,75,579 male voters, 2,50,09,904 female and 5,055 transgender voters. Officials said 58,008 polling stations have been set up across the state, of which 12002 have been designated as “critical”, with over 3,50,000 polling personnel on duty. Police have made elaborate security arrangements for the smooth conduct of polls that will go on till 6pm. Know key numbers in Karnataka elections to understand what’s at stake in today’s voting.