Karnataka election results highlights: BJP largest party, Congress-JD(S) form coalition27 min read . Updated: 16 May 2018, 01:16 PM IST
Congress has supported JDS to stake claim to form the next govt in Karnataka, as the BJP seemed to fall short of a majority. Here are the highlights from the Karnataka election results
BANGALORE : New Delhi/Bengaluru: With the BJP set to fall short of a majority in Karnataka, the Congress has offered to support Janata Dal (Secular), or JDS, leader H.D. Kumaraswamy as the state’s next chief minister.Congress and JD(S) leadership met Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala to stake claim in forming the next government. BJP’s CM candidate Yeddyurappa, however, said BJP is the single largest party. He also met the governor to stake claim at forming the government. All eyes are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala who will have to decide whether to call BJP, the single largest winner of seats, to try to form the government or go with the JD(S)-Congress combine, which together have a clear majority in the 224-member assembly. Here are the Karnataka election results live updates:
EC statement of Hubli VVPAT issue
If there is difference b/w EVM count & paper slip count,paper slip count prevails.Winning margin in Hubli Dharwad Constituency is more than 20000 & VVPAT slips counted in polling station no 135 A is only 459.Hence RO declared Jagadish Shettar as the winner: EC #KarnatakaElections pic.twitter.com/8d2r5naoeA— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
Deve Gowda, Kumaraswamy meet Congress leaders
JD(S)’ HD Deve Gowda and HD Kumaraswamy are in meeting with Congress leaders including Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, DK Shivakumar and Mallikarjun Kharge in Bengaluru reports ANI
BJP legislative party meeting tomorrow
Union ministers JP Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan made observers for Karnataka, legislative party meeting to be held at 11 am tomorrow in Bengaluru, says ANI
H.D. Deve Gowda assured he won’t leave secular combination: Opposition leaders
New Delhi: Opposition leaders today advised UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and JD(S) leader H.D. Deve Gowda to stay united to defeat the BJP, and the former prime minister assured them he would not desert the “secular combination” despite pressure from the BJP to “break” his party. According to opposition sources, Gowda is in touch with all the other secular opposition parties, including the Congress, and the exchange of views is continuing since last night after the internal party reports on the results were discussed. “All the opposition parties are in touch with each other since last night. We had a talk with Deve Gowda and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. We knew what the BJP would do to come to power. It was decided to advise both the leaders to join hands to stop the BJP,” a senior opposition leader said. “Gowda assured opposition parties he will not leave the secular combination despite pressure form the BJP to break the JD(S). He has no intentions to join the BJP,” the leader said. Despite the assurance from Gowda, opposition leaders chose to play it safe, refusing to come on record about the JD(S) leader’s plans. Though the Opposition is confident about the combination to work in Karnataka, the fear of horse trading looms large over them. The Left parties, which have criticised the BJP for forming governments even after not getting a majority in Goa and Manipur, hoped that the Governor takes the constitutional way of installing a government that has a majority on paper. “The BJP is perfecting the art of losing elections and forming governments. It has become the trademark or USP of the ruling party,” CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury told PTI. CPI General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy also spoke on the same lines. “All dirty manipulations and horse trading can be expected from the BJP as usual. Had this wisdom of unity prevailed before the elections, the result would have been different. The Congress should learn a lesson about flexibility on unity with other secular forces in the country,” Reddy said. The Left parties also said that “state specific pre-poll alliances” should be forged by opposition parties to defeat the BJP.
Rahul Gandhi thanks voters
A big thank you to all those who voted for the Congress in these elections. We appreciate your support and will fight for you.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 15, 2018
Thank you also to our workers and leaders for their dedication & untiring hard work in support of the party.
BJP represents whole India, not only Hindi speaking states: PM
They say BJP is a party of Hindi speaking states. Are Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra states in North East Hindi speaking states? No, BJP represents India. There was no barrier between people of Karnataka & me. I'll always cherish the affection I received from them: PM Narendra Modi pic.twitter.com/ycLr8Wsvhy— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
BJP victory unparalleled, unprecedented: PM Modi
BJP’s victory in Karnataka is “unprecedented” because there is a perception that the party belongs to the Hindi-speaking parts of the country, PM Narendra Modi said.“They said the BJP is a party of Hindi-speaking states. Are Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, the Northeastern states Hindi-speaking states? No, the BJP represents India and our proud diversity,” PM Modi said.
Karnataka has rejected divisive politics of Congress: Amit Shah
New Delhi: Buoyed by Karnataka election results, BJP president Amit Shah today asserted that the party’s winning streak will continue and it will win all polls from now on including 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Shah was addressing party workers at the party headquarters here after the BJP emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka assembly elections. “Congress used politics of caste to divide the people and tried to incite Dalits on SC/ST Act in Karnataka,” Shah said the state has shown trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “clean governance” and rejected the Congress’ “divisive politics”. He accused the Congress of using money and muscle power in Karnataka and added that the party was rejected by people of the state.Amit Shah today dispatched three Union ministers, including Prakash Javadekar, J P Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan, to Karnataka to talk to potential allies to cobble up a majority for forming a government in the state. PTI
BJP sweeps coastal Karnataka; wins 18 out of 21 seats
New Delhi: The BJP has swept coastal Karnataka by winning 18 out of 21 assembly seats there, regaining control over the region known as a communal tinderbox. The Congress managed to secure only three seats, down from 13 seats, while JD(S) failed to open its account this election as well. It may be noted that BJP had bagged 14 seats during 2008 assembly poll, when it first formed a government in the state, but it fell sharply to five in 2013 due to a split in the party. Out of eight seats in Dakshina Kannada district in 2018 assembly poll, Congress candidate and sitting MLA U T Abdul Khader won Mangalore seat by 19,739 seats, defeating BJP’s Santhosh Kumar Rai Boliyaru, as per the official data. The other seven seats in the district were won by BJP candidates Rajesh Naik (from Bantwal), Bharath Shetty (Mangalore north), Vedavyas Kamath (Mangalore south), Umanatha A Kotian (Moodabidri), Sanjeev Matandoor (Puttur), Angara S (Sullia) and Harish Poonja (Bethangady). Out of six seats in Uttara Kannada district, BJP won four seats -- Sunil Biliya Naik (Bhatkal), Roopali Santosh Naik (Karwar), Dinakar Keshav Shetty (Kumta) and Kageri Visheshwar Hegde (Sirsi) Congress’s R V Deshpande retained Haliyal seat and A H Shivaram won from Yellapur. Whereas in Udupi district, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi kick-started the election campaign, the BJP secured all five seats this time, up from one seat from last poll. B M Sukumar Shetty (Byndoor), V Sunil Kumar (Karkala), Lalaji R Mendon (Kapu), Haladi Srinivas Shetty (Kundapura) and Raghupati Bhat (Udupi) from the BJP won the seats here. In Kodagu, BJP candidates Appachu Ranjan M P won from Madikeri and K G Bopiah from Virajpet seat. Though emerging as the single largest party, the BJP is short of the majority mark 112. Congress has extended support to JD(S) to form the government in the southern state. PTI
Congress extend support to JD(S)
The Congress party has extended its support to the JD(S) in the interest of a better Karnataka. We hope the Governor will acknowledge our combined strength and call us to prove our majority. @INCKarnataka #KarnatakaElections2018— Congress (@INCIndia) May 15, 2018
PMModi thanks Karnataka voters
I thank my sisters and brothers of Karnataka for steadfastly supporting the BJP's development agenda and making BJP the single largest party in the state. I salute the stupendous work of @BJP4Karnataka Karyakartas who toiled round the clock and worked for the party.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 15, 2018
JD(S), Congress will form govt: Siddaramaiah tells governor
Congress leader Siddaramaiah said JD(S) will form government with the help of Congress and have already informed the governor about their decision.“The law is clear in this. In democracy the largest number has to be given power. We have the numbers—111, along with the JD(S) and two independents,” Siddaramaiah said.
BJP can’t form govt without the numbers: Moily
“JDS and Congress have enough numbers to form the government. The BJP cannot form the government without the numbers,” says M. Veerappa Moily of the Congress. The JDS, meanwhile, has called a meeting of the legislative party at 6.15 pm in Bengaluru today. The BJP parliamentary board too will meet at 7pm at its party headquarters in Delhi.ANI
JDS’s H.D. Kumaraswamy reaches Raj Bhavan
JDS’s H.D Kumaraswamy has arrived at the Raj Bhawan to meet the Karnataka governor. ANI
Yeddyurappa meets governor, stakes claim to form Karnataka government
Bengaluru: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) chief ministerial candidate Yeddyurappa, along with union minister Ananth Kumar, met Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala to stake claim to form the state government. “Just now we met Governor because we are single largest party, and that he allows us to prove majority in the Assembly,” said Yeddyurappa while leaving Raj Bhavan. ANI
BJP should form govt as we are the single largest party: Yeddyurappa
“I have taken an appointment with Karnataka Governor for 5pm. We should be forming the government as we are the single largest party,” ANI quoted B.S. Yeddyurappa as saying.He accused the Congress of trying to subvert the popular mandate and come back to power through the back door by offering support to JDS to form the government.Yeddyurappa said the people of the state had rejected the Siddaramaiah government “lock, stock and barrel” and given a mandate for change. “The people had given a mandate for a Congress-mukt Karnataka,” the BJP strongman told reporters shortly after the Congress offered support to JDS-led by former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda. PTI
We want a secular government in Karnataka: Congress’ DK Shivakumar
I'm here with our independent MLA. The independent MLA Mr Nagesh & others MLAs are with us. We have the numbers. We want a secular govt in Karnataka: DK Shivakumar, Congress #KarnatakaElection2018 pic.twitter.com/id60xaE62T— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
Karnataka election results: Seat tally at present
Despite being rejected Congress is trying to grab power: BS Yeddyurappa
“The people have rejected the Congress and accepted the BJP. People are moving towards Congress mukt Karnataka, said BS Yeddyurappa during a media address in Bengaluru today. “I thank the people of Karnataka for giving this mandate to the BJP. Congress is trying to come to power through back door, people will not tolerate this,” he adde d. ANI
BJP gets into a huddle as Congress, JDS ally
■ JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan and Prakash Javadekar are going to Bengaluru today. In Delhi, union minister Prakash Javadekar has arrived at the residence of BJP President Amit Shah. ANI
Siddaramaiah loses in Chamundeshwari, wins in Badami
Congress CM Siddaramaiah has lost the Karnataka elections from Chamundeshwari to JDS’s G.T. Deve Gowda but won from Badami by defeating BJP’s B. Sriramalu.
JDS, Congress name H.D.Kumaraswamy as their CM candidate for Karnataka
The Congress and the JDS have chosen H.D. Deve Gowda’s son H.D. Kumaraswamy to be their chief ministerial candidate.
Shortly we will be knowing the final figures, then we’ll decide the future plan: Yeddyurappa
“This result is not final,” says BJP’s Yeddyurappa after Congress announces it will support JD(S).
Congress,JDS to stake claim to form govt: Siddaramaiah
Bengaluru: In a surprise turn of events, the Congress today said it will extend support to the JDS in forming the next government in Karnataka where the election results indicate a hung Assembly.CM Siddaramaiah told reporters after a meeting with central Congress leaders, including Gulam Nabi Azad, that the party will back the JDS in forming the government. It was not yet clear if the Congress would extend support from outside or be part of the new government. “We have decided that the Congress will extend support to the JD(S) to form the government. That’s the best way to keep the BJP out (of power),” Siddaramaiah said. PTI
Ready to support JDS to form Karnataka govt: Congress
Ready to support Janata Dal (Secular) to form the Karnataka government, the Congress has said even as the BJP seemed to fall short of a clear majority.As part of the agreement, the Congress is planning to appoint a chief minister from the JDS and a Dalit deputy chief minister from its own party.Sonia Gandhi is said to be speaking with H.D. Deve Gowda for a possible alliance in the state. Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at 4 pm to resign and the parties together will stake claim to form the next state government.
AIADMK, DMK greet BJP over Karnataka election results
Chennai: Arch-rivals ruling AIADMK and DMK in Tamil Nadu today greeted the BJP for its good showing in the Karnataka elections where the saffron party appeared headed for a simple majority. The two major Dravidian parties’ greetings came as the BJP won 36 seats and is leading in 70 constituencies as per the latest trends available from the Election Commission. “Chief Minister K. Palaniswami greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for BJP’s win in the Karnataka Assembly elections,” an official release here said.DMK working president M.K. Stalin greeted the BJP and its chief ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa on behalf of his party and expressed hope that the new government would ensure cordial ties with Tamil Nadu. In a Facebook post and a tweet, Stalin also urged the BJP to release soon Tamil Nadu’s share of water from the Cauvery river. “I believe the BJP, which is going to take charge, will not violate Tamil Nadu’s rights on Cauvery as per the Supreme Court order and strive for cordial ties with the neighbouring state,” he said. PTI
BJP wins in 28 seats, Congress 4 and JDS 1 seat
The BJP candidates have so far winning 28 seats and leading in 78 others. Congress candidates have won 4 seats and were ahead in 70, while the JD(S) was leading the table in 38 constituencies and registered victories in two seats. The party has registered its first win. Regional outfit KPJP has also registered a win. Reflecting the plight of the Congress, chief minister Siddaramaiah was trailing in Chamundeshwari in Mysuru by over 33,000 votes against his JD(S) rival G. T. Deve Gowda. In the see-saw battle in Badami in north Karnataka, Siddaramaiah was leading by over 1,875 votes against BJP’s B. Sreeramulu, a Lok Sabha MP and close associate of the controversial Reddy brothers. B S Yeddyurappa, the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, has established an unassailable lead of over 32,000 votes over his nearest Congress rival Goni Malatesha in his pocket borough Shikaripura, a seat he has won six times in the past. Interestingly, the Congress at 38% has polled 1.3% more votes than the BJP’s 36.7%. (PTI)
‘Et tu Karnataka’, says Omar Abdullah as poll results come in
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday used a Latin phrase, made famous by William Shakespeare in “Julius Caesar” to connote betrayal, to express his surprise over the election results in Karnataka. “Et tu #Karnataka”, Omar tweeted as the trends of counting of votes showed BJP emerging as the single largest party in the state assembly elections with the possibility of getting a simple majority. ‘Et tu’ is a Latin phrase meaning “even you”. Omar was also quick to chide Congress leaders for blaming EVMs for its imminent defeat in the polls. “Please save this tweet for future reference. If I win it was all my charm & hard work. If I lose it’s all down to those blasted EVMs,” the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said. (PTI)
Karnataka election results disappointing, need to rethink caste management: Congress’s Veerappa Moily
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader M. Veerappa Moily described the Karnataka election results suggesting a BJP victory as “quite disappointing” and attributed his party’s loss to “wrong caste management”.The Congress should not have raised the Lingayat issue before Karnataka elections, Moily said, adding that the party had not managed caste equations well in its electoral strategy. He also defended Congress president Rahul Gandhi and praised him for engaging in a “positive campaign” as against the “negative campaign” carried out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in the run-up to the May 12 election. PTI
It’s time Congress changed its name: Shivraj Singh Chauhan
With Karnataka election results showing a BJP victory, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan today said the Congress should change its name to Congress (PMP), implying the only three places—Punjab, Mizoram and Puducherry—where the grand old party is in power.
With this #KarnatakaVerdict it's time for Congress to change its name from Indian National Congress to Congress (PMP)— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) May 15, 2018
Congress - Punjab, Mizoram, Puducherry.
BJP wins 4 seats, Congress registers first win in Mangalore
The BJP has won four seats in Karnataka elections, while the Congress has won the Mangalore seat, the Election Commission data showed at 12.48pm. The Congress candidate U.T. Abdul Khader won against BJP’s Santhosh Kumar Rai Boliyaru in Mangalore. Khader managed to secure 80,813 votes against Santhosh’s 61,074.
People rejected Congress’s divisive agenda, says BJP
New Delhi: With the BJP set for an impressive win in the Karnataka elections, its leaders described the victory as an endorsement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development agenda and claimed that people have rejected divisive, toxic and negative agenda of the Congress.Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also took a swipe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying somebody was dreaming of becoming prime minister, a reference to Gandhi’s statement during the Karnataka poll campaign that he was ready for the job if his party emerged victorious in the next Lok Sabha elections. PTI
Situation would’ve been different had Congress gone with JD(S): TMC
New Delhi: Had the Congress formed an alliance with the Janata Dal (Secular), or JD(S), before the Karnataka assembly election, the results would have been “very different”, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said today.“Congratulations to the winners of Karnataka polls. Those who lost, fight back,” the TMC leader tweeted. According to the latest trends, the BJP is leading in 113 constituencies, the number required for a simple majority in the Assembly. “If Congress had gone into an alliance with JD(S), the results would have been different, very different,” Banerjee tweeted. PTI
Karnataka elections: Election Commission puts outs trends for 220 seats
EC releases trends for 220 seats. BJP leading in 115 seats, comfortably past the half way mark, followed by Congress at 63 and JDS at 40 #KarnatakaElectionResults2018 @livemint pic.twitter.com/p0TaWw4ybw— Anuja (@just_anuja) May 15, 2018
Chamundeshwari: GT Deve Gowda leads Siddaramaiah by margin of 22,226 votes
G.T. Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal (Secular) is up by 22,266 votes against Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari constituency, raising questions on if the latter, a Kuruba strongman risked his entire political career and hopes of a Congress revival nationally in next years Lok Sabha polls, just to secure his sons political future. At 11.35am, G.T.Deve Gowda was leading with 57,322 votes, while Siddaramaiah was a distant second with 35,056 votes. Sharan Poovanna
Karnataka election results: BJP leading in 112 seats, Congress ahead in 70
BJP set to return to power in Karnataka after 5 years
The BJP is heading for a victory in Karnataka elections, and in the process will return to power after a gap of five years. According to the EC at 10.30am, the BJP is leading with 100 seats with a vote share of 38.2%. The Congress party is leading in 50 seats with a vote share of 37.4%. The Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S) is leading in 37 seats with a vote share of 17.4%. Chief minister Siddaramaiah, who contested from two seats, is winning in Badami against BJP’s B. Sreeramalu by 118 votes while he is trailing in Chamundeshwari by 12680 votes. BJP’s chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa is leading from Shikaripura by over 13,000 votes. Even though BJP is leading in 47 more seats than Congress, the total vote difference between the Congress and BJP was a little over 61,000 votes.Karnataka will be the 13th victory for BJP against the Congress in the last 4 years since BJP formed government at the centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Karnataka is also the only state where Congress is in power in southern India. Pretika Khanna
BJP leads in 117 seats, Congress ahead in 65 seats
People have rejected Siddaramaiah: JDS candidate GT Deve Gowda
People have rejected Siddaramaiah. He lost because of his attitude, because of attacking everyone & because of his loose talk: GT Devegowda, JD(S) candidate who is leading over Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari by 17000 votes. pic.twitter.com/6Sw82tiBgs— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
BJP’s CT Ravi leads in Chikkamagaluru, Rajesh Naik in Bantwal
BJP candidate CT Ravi is currently leading in Chikkamagaluru with 19,115 votes. In Bantwal, BJP candidate Rajesh Naik with over 24,058 votes against sitting Congress candidate and minister B. Ramanath Rai. Rail trails with 16,540 votes, reports Sharan Poovanna
Who is JDS, the potential kingmaker in Karnataka elections?
Janata Dal (Secular), or JDS, one of India’s oldest regional parties, has bounced back to the limelight winning crucial votes from key constituencies in the Karnataka elections. It is leading in 44 seats, as of 10.17 am, according to Election Commission data and media reports. As of 10.03 am on Tuesday, G.T. Deve Gowda was leading with 23,052 votes as against Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah at 11566 votes from the Chamundeshwari constituency.The party led by 85-year old socialist patriarch H. D. Deve Gowda, JDS national president, was formed in 1999, and has its origin in the Janata Party formed post emergency era in 1977. It reached its peak when Deve Gowda became prime minister in the United Front government in 1996. In 2013, they won 40 seats. (read more) Nidheesh M.K.
BJP leads in 114 seats, Congress in 65 seats
BJP crosses 100 mark, Congress ahead in 52 seats: EC
BJP crosses 100 mark according to official EC trends. BJP leads in 100 seats, followed by Congress in 52 and JDS in 37 seats. Trends out for 192 seats, reports Anuja.
Siddaramaiah trails by over 15,000 votes in Chamundeshwari
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah is trailing by over 15,000 votes against his JD(S) rival G.T. Deve Gowda in Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysuru, PTI reports.
BJP leads in 110, eyes majority mark, Congress trails at 68
Siddaramaiah trails in Chamundeshwari, Yeddyurappa leads in Shikaripura
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah is trailing from Chamundeshwari by over 12,000 votes, against the JDS candidate G.T. Deve Gowda. He is leading by a slender margin of 298 votes in Badami over his nearest BJP rival Sreeramulu.BJP’s chief ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa is leading in Shikaripura by over 9,000 votes. The overall seats tally currently is: BJP leading in 106, Congress ahead in 69, and the JDS is leading in 45 seats.
Will discuss possibility of alliance with JDS: Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge
Correct position will be known at 11-11.30 am. I am going to discuss it( possibility of alliance with JDS) with Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot.: Mallikarjun Kharge,Congress #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/vvUqunzVA6— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
All eyes on Karnataka’s VIP constituencies as heavyweights slug it out
While the country waits for the Karnataka assembly election results on Tuesday, given that the verdict is being considered as a precursor to the 2019 general elections, political pundits will also be keenly following about half a dozen of the seats which are being contested by VIPs, and also for possible upsets in the polls. Yunus Y. Lasania
EC trends: BJP ahead in 78, Congress in 45, JDS 36 seats
The Election Commission puts out trends for 162 seats with BJP leading in 78 seats, Congress in 45 seats and JDS is leading in 36 seats, reports Anuja.
BJP surges ahead of Congress, leads in 109 seats, eyes majority mark
The BJP has surged ahead of the Congress party with leads in 109 seats. The Congress is leading in 65, while the JDS is ahead in 41 seats.
Tipu Sultan jayanti, corruption, agrarian distress: issues that dominated Karnataka polls 2018
The issues most spoken about in this Karnataka election were myriad. Corruption is an evergreen electoral plank and was used by almost all parties. The agrarian distress, with some 3,000 farmers killing themselves in the past 5 years was another. Rahul Chandran
Siddaramaiah leads in Badami, trails in Chamundeshwari, Yeddyurappa ahead in Shikaripura
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was ahead in the Badami assembly constituency in north Karnataka, but trailing in Chamundeshwari in his home town Mysuru by over 11,000 votes against his main rival G. T. Deve Gowda of the JD(S). The BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, B. S. Yeddyurappa, was ahead in Shikaripura, and JD(S) state president H. D. Kumaraswamy in Ramanagara. Prominent among those trailing include ministers Ramamnatha Rai from Bantwal and H. C. Mahadevappa from T. Narasipura, the sources said. Senior BJP leader K.S. Eshwarappa from Shivamogga, senior most candidate in the electoral fray and minister Kagodu Timmappa from Sagara and the chief minister’s son, Yatindra, from Varuna were also leading over their rivals.
EC trends for 108 seats: BJP leads in 55, Congress in 29
EC puts out leads for 108 seats. As of now BJP has a definitive edge over Congress with a seat difference of 26, vote share for both is almost the same. #KarnatakaElections2018 @livemint pic.twitter.com/Q3casRGbOj— Anuja (@just_anuja) May 15, 2018
BJP pulls ahead of Congress, leads in 103 seats, Congress ahead in 63
The BJP pulled ahead of the Congress in Karnataka elections with leads in 103 seats. The Congress party is ahead in 63 seats, while the JDS is leading in 38 seats.
Sensex surges over 240 points as BJP leads in Karnataka polls
Benchmark equity index Sensex surged over 240 points after early trend of Karnataka assembly election suggest Bhartiya Janata Party leading, with winning over 90 seats. Ravindra Sonavane
BJP ahead in 83, Congress 54, JDS in 30 seats
The BJP is now edging ahead with leads in 83 seats, while the Siddaramaiah led-Congress party is ahead in 54 seats. The JDS is leading in 30 seats.
HD Kumaraswamy leads in Ramanagara
Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy leads in Ramanagara by 1,000 votes, PTI reports. Chief minister Siddaramaiah is trailing by about 8,000 votes in Chamundeshwari seat, it adds.
BJP leads in Haveri, Moodabidri, Congress in Haliyal: EC
Congress leads in 70, BJP 69, JDS 32 seats at 9am
The Congress party is ahead in 70 seats, while the BJP is leading in 69 seats. The JDS is ahead in 32 seats. The Congress had won 122 seats in 2013 assembly elections. Chief minister Siddaramaiah is trailing by about 8,000 votes in Chamundeshwari seat, PTI reports.
Congress leads in 59, BJP 58, JDS 30 seats
The Congress is trending ahead of the BJP, as early trends suggest. The Congress is leading in 59 seats, BJP is ahead in 58 seats. HD Kumaraswamy-led JDS is leading in 30 seats. The Election Commission trends show that the BJP is leading in 4 seats, while the Congress is ahead in 2 seats.
BJP, Congress in tight race show early trends
The Congress is marginally ahead of the BJP, as per early trends from counting of votes in Karnataka elections. The Siddaramaiah-led Congress is leading in 52 constituencies, BJP is ahead in 45 seats. JDS, which may emerge as the kingmaker is leading in 23 seats.
BJP, Congress neck-and-neck, early trends show
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are neck-and-neck, show early trends. The BJP is ahead in 40 seats, while the Congress is leading in 37 seats. JDS is leading in 21 seats.
Visuals from a strong room, counting has begun
Counting of votes for #KarnatakaElections2018 begins, postal ballots to be counted first. Visuals from a strong room (where EVMs & postal ballots are kept) in #Kalaburagi's Afzalpur. pic.twitter.com/Pwyg6Cy01M— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
Counting of votes begins, postal ballots to be counted first
Counting of votes for Karnataka Elections 2018 begins, postal ballots to be counted first.
Karnataka elections: 5 reasons why Bengaluru matters
At 52.47% voter turnout in Karnataka elections, many residents of “Silicon Valley of India” were not too mindful of its responsibilities in a democracy. Perhaps they have long known that the politicians who control their city, Bengaluru, will only be floundering in their job. In any case, the preferred rulers of Bengaluru will be known in the next few hours. Here’s a brief review of why Bengaluru matters in Karnataka election results. Read moreNidheesh M.K.
Senior leaders to decide on alliance with JDS: Congress’s Dr Yathindra
Senior party leaders will decide on this, but we are confident and hope to form Government on our own: Dr.Yathindra,Congress candidate from Varuna and son of CM Siddaramaiah on possibility of post poll alliance with JDS #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/ghTqoSDYf6— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
Visuals of Congress workers performing ‘havan’ outside AICC office in Delhi ahead of counting
Janta Dal Secular’s HD Kumaraswamy offers prayers ahead of counting
JDS's HD Kumaraswamy offers prayers at Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math in Nagamangala ahead of counting of votes for #KarnatakaElections2018 . Kumaraswamy is contesting from Ramanagara and Channapatna constituencies pic.twitter.com/3usqTFsRch— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
Visuals from strong room at Bengaluru’s Maharani College voting centre
Counting of votes to begin shortly in Karnataka
Counting to begin shortly. Elaborate security arrangements have been made with 50,000 police personnel deployed across 38 counting centres in Karnataka, with 11,000 personnel in Bengaluru alone, ANI reports.
Heavy security deployed across Karnataka, says CEC
We have deployed Central Armed Police Forces(CAPF) in strong rooms, adequate security personnel presence will be there at all counting centres to ensure law and order is maintained: OP Rawat,Chief Election Commissioner #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/VMF1p4yPc3— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
Two days after polling, Power tariff hiked in Karnataka
Two days after the polling to the Karnataka assembly, the power tariff in the state was today increased by 5.30% overall with the hike per unit ranging from a minimum of 20 paise to a maximum of 60 paise, PTI reports.
Security increased across Karnataka ahead of counting of votes
A thick blanket of security has been put in place across Karnataka to ensure a free and fair counting of votes #KarnatakaElections2018— ANI Digital (@ani_digital) May 15, 2018
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Will the Karnataka exit polls hit the bullseye?
A month ago, Election Metrics had remarked that the Karnataka elections were hard to call, and that they “may turn out to be anybody’s game”. Historically, exit polls have had greater success in predicting election results than opinion polls. This time round, though, even exit polls are largely inconclusive, though we might interpret them in aggregate to mean that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be the single largest party. (read more) Karthik Shashidhar
Karnataka Elections: Mentor Deve Gowda vs protege Siddaramaiah
A decade after they parted ways over political differences, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah and former prime minister H. D. Deve Gowda, are facing off again. It’s also a fight between the protege and his mentor, and this time, on an almost equal footing.The fight, unlike previous Karnataka elections after 2006, will be the first time that Siddaramaiah, who has completed five years in office, will be an equal to Gowda, in terms of power and influence. Some people even feel Siddaramaiah has long surpassed Gowda’s influence. (Read more) Sharan Poovanna
Karnataka election results today may offer blueprint for 2019
Bengalru: The Karnataka elections could be best compared to a game of poker. The ruling Congress party has bet big, thinking it has a good hand, while the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with much to spare but a lot more to lose, has raised the stakes. The Janata Dal (Secular), or JD(s), with an average hand, is all in. The grand prize: the opportunity to form the government in Karnataka, and set the narrative for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. (Read more) Sharan Poovanna
Ahead of Karnataka election results, Congress rushes top guns to state to prevent a Goa
New Delhi: Once bitten, twice shy! The Congress is taking no chances in Karnataka and has sent in its top guns to avoid a repeat of the Goa and Manipur fiascos in the past, where it failed to form government despite emerging as the largest party.The party has sent senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot to Karnataka where election results will be declared today. The Congress has, however, been ‘bitten’ thrice, as it failed to retain power in Meghalaya recently, despite emerging as the largest party and the leadership rushing Kamal Nath and Ahmed Patel to the state to build on the advantage. PTIAbhiram Ghadyalpatil, Yunus Lasania and Madhurima Nandy in Bengaluru, and Gyan Varma and Pretika Khanna in New Delhi have contributed to this live blog.