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BJP surges in Karnataka, Congress stunned

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

The BJP dramatically surged ahead towards the victory mark in the Assembly election on Tuesday, leaving the ruling badly bruised and the at the third spot, officials said.

Reports from counting centres across the southern state showed that (BJP) candidates were on the winning track in 105 constituencies while the was in the lead in 70. A total of 222 constituencies voted on Saturday.

Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly.

The Janata Dal-Secular of former H.D. Dewe Gowda, which has been expected to play the role of a kingmaker in the event of a hung Assembly, was leading in 43 seats.

As the vote count progressed, BJP leaders became assertive, saying they were confident of taking power again in their only southern bastion. At the same time, leaders began to speak about the possibility of an alliance with the

said that there was no question of any alliance with the as his party was headed towards a clear majority.

Prakash Javadekar, who is in charge of Karnataka, met in

Analysts said the BJP was leading in Lingayat dominated seats and the JD-S in Vokkaliga dominated areas. Minister was leading in Badami constituency and trailing in Chamundeshwari.

The BJP's Ministerial candidate was on the victory lap in Shikaripura.

"We will win with a majority," said

The Congress was open to an alliance with the JD-S, said, as the party's top leaders met in



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 10:08 IST