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Karnataka: Counting for 28 seats begins

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Counting of votes are underway for 28 constituencies that went for polls in in two phases, the results of which is likely to have its bearing on the stability of H D Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) coalition government.

Counting of votes began at 8 am in 28counting centres across the state, poll officials said.

While the highest voting percentage was recorded in Mandya Parliamentary constituency (80.23 per cent), the lowest voting percentage was recorded in Bangalore South (53.47 per cent).

had earlier said the first set of results may start from 3 PM and may be over by 6 PM.

However, it can delay further too.

"Generally, results would start from 12 noon, but because four hours additional time will be required (for VVPAT counting), maybe from 3 PM onwards, we expect our results between 3 PM to 6 PM," Kumar had said on Tuesday.

went for polling in two phases of 14 constituencies each on April 18 and 23, from where a total of 461 candidates had contested.

Prominent contestants in the first phase were former H D (Tumkur), his grandsons Prajwal Revanna and from Hassan and Mandya, as also (BangaloreNorth) and senior leaders Verappa Moily(Chikkaballapura) and Sumalatha Ambareesh (Mandya).

In the second phase, among prominent contestants were in the Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Ministers Ananth Kumar Hegde from Uttara Kannada, from Bijapur, BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa's son B Y Raghavendra and former S Bangarappa's son of JD(S) from Shimogga, among others.

As the Congress-JDS government in led by H D Kumaraswamy completes one year Thursday, the ruling coalition is on the edge with the results widely expected to have a bearing on its stability.

Though, coalition leaders decided to jointly fight the LS polls and reached a seat sharing agreement of 21 and seven seats for and JD(S), it was not something grassroot level workers of both parties were okay with, especially in old Mysuru region, where they are arch rivals.

BJP had contested 27 of 28 seats and supporting in Mandya.

Of 28 constituencies that went to the polls, BJP had won 17,Congress in 9 and JD(S) in two in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

The results of bypolls for Chincholi,necessitated by the resignation of Umesh Jadhav, who quit Congress and joined BJP to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Gulbarga,and Kundgol,that fell vacant following the death of Minister C S Shivalli, will also be declared Thursday.

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First Published: Thu, May 23 2019. 08:25 IST