There's no telling who would emerge victorious in battleground Karnataka. The results would be announced on May 15. A roundup of today's voting in Karnataka Election 2018: The Bharatiya Janata Party's Chief Ministerial face B S Yeddyurappa was among the first to vote at Shikaripura in Shivamogga district. He has claimed that the BJP will secure 140-150 seats and that he will invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his swearing in. Siddaramaiah ridiculed Yeddyurappa after voting on Saturday, saying the BJP leader was "mentally disturbed" and that the Congress was sure of bagging more than 120 seats. Janata Dal-Secular chief and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, his wife Chennamma and second son H.D. Revanna cast their votes in their hometown Holenarsipura in Hassan district. "We expect to form the government as we have done well to get a majority," Deve Gowda told reporters. India Today-Axis My India exit poll suggests Congress will emerge as single-largest party. Chanakya exit poll suggests BJP will emerge victorious Chanakya exit poll Vote share BJP 120 Congress 73 JD(S) 26 Others 3 Reacting to India Today-Axis exit poll, Chief minister Siddaramaiah says, "I was expecting this. The exit poll by India Today is closer to truth. For 6 months now, I have been saying the same thing. I understand the pulse of the people, so I was confident that Congress will win majority and come to power." As you can see below, most exit polls are predicting a hung assembly for Karnataka Election 2018. A party that wins 113 seats will form a government in the state.
There were reports about a delay in polling due to some technical issues with the electronic voting machines (EVMs) from different parts of the state. Suspecting something fishy, both Congress and BJP have pointed accusing fingers at each other in the matter. Re-polling would take place in Hebbal assembly constituency's Polling Station Number 2 after polling was stopped due to EVM failure.
Over 2,600 candidates are in the fray-- more than 2,400 men and over 200 women.
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In order to win, a party requires 113 seats. Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 result would be announced on May 15.