Lok Sabha Elections 2019
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The South Indian state of Karnataka has 28 seats in the Lok Sabha. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata party had emerged as the single largest party in the state with 17 seats and a vote share of 43.4 per cent. The Indian National Congress had won 9 seats with 41.2 per cent votes, and H D Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal (Secular) had won 2 seats and 11.1 per cent votes.
At the time of the previous general elections in 2014, Karnataka had a total of 46,209,813 registered electors, of whom 67.20 per cent, or 31,053,583, exercised their right to franchise across 54,264 polling stations to choose their 28 Members of Parliament from among 434 candidates.
The state has 224 Assembly constituencies. In the previous Assembly elections, held in 2018, the Bharatiya Janata Party had emerged as the single largest party here, winning 104 seats with a 36.2 per cent vote share. However, since it lacked a majority, the Indian National Congress (80 seats, 39 per cent votes) and the Janata Dal (Secular) (37 seats, 18.3 per cent votes) succeeded in forming a coalition government in the state. The other parties and independent candidates, with a combined vote share of 6.5 per cent, won 3 seats in the state Assembly. At present, H D Kumaraswamy of the JD(S) is the chief minister of Karnataka.