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BJP looks set to hit the Karnataka jackpot

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The BJP today appeared headed for a simple majority in the Assembly, with its candidates leading in 115 constituencies, leaving the ruling way behind, according to the latest trends available for 220 of the state's 222 seats where polling was held.

Reflecting the plight of the Congress, which was ahead in 63 Assembly segments, was trailing in Chamundeshwari in Mysuru by over 23,000 votes against his JD(S) rival G T Deve Gowda.

In the see-saw battle in Badami in north Karnataka, was leading by over 2,700 votes against BJP's B Sreeramulu, a and close associate of the controversial Reddy brothers.

B S Yeddyurappa, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, was ahead of his rival by over 24,000 votes in Shikaripura.

Trends showed that another key JD(S) led by former H D Deve Gowda was faring well in its traditional stronghold of Mysuru region, hurting the prospects of the JD(S) was ahead in 40 constituencies.

The BSP and KPJP were leading in one seat each.

The trends also indicated that the BJP's footprint spread across Karnataka, save the old Mysuru region, where the JD(S) with its solid Vokkaliga base was faring well.

Several ministers including Ramanath Rai, Anjaneya, Umasri, T B Jayachandra, Revanna, Santosh Lad, Vinay Kulkarni, Sharanprakash Patil and A Manju were trailing behind their rivals.

Even as the trends were pouring in, it was celebration time for the BJP workers who gathered in front of the state party headquarters here and elsewhere in the state, chanting slogans, blowing conch shells and breaking into a jig.

The Congress was set to face severe drubbing despite polling 38 per cent votes against the BJP's 37.2 per cent.

Though no results have been declared yet, Yeddyurappa's aide and told reporters in Bengaluru that he would fly to later in the day to finalise the date for his swearing-in after consulting the national leadership.

Polling for R R Nagar seat was deferred on account of alleged electoral malpractices, while it was countermanded in Jayanagar seat following the death of the BJP candidate. PTI

In the outgoing Assembly, the Congress had 122 seats, BJP and JD(S) 40 each, and smaller parties and independents 22.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 12:30 IST
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