[Former cricketer Anil Kumble with his family after casting vote in Karnataka state elections.]
Bengaluru: As many as 70% voters exercised their voting rights in Karnataka where polling was held for 222 seats of the 224-member state assembly on Saturday. This is some 02% less than the last election when the state had recorded a polling percentage of 72% in 2013.
Barring minor incidents of clashes between Congress and BJP workers, the polling in all the 222 assembly seats was by and large peaceful. However, reports of faulty Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were received from some places.
Karnataka elections were held today for 222 seats because polling for one seat was cancelled because of the death of the BJP nominee whereas polling for one other seat was postponed to May 28. The Election Commission of India postponed polling in Rajarajeswari Nagar seat after a cache of voter ID cards were seized in a flat.
Soon after the voting ended, Congress and BJP both exuded confidence of victory in the crucial state election.
Karnataka is currently ruled by Congress which has a total of 118 seats - 05 more than half-way mark needed to form the government. The BJP currently has 42 MLAs and JD(S) has 29 members. 20 seats are vacant and the remaining seats are with Independents and other smaller parties.
2018 Karnataka Elections: Exit Poll Results
Soon after polling ended today, various groups in association with different media houses released Exit Poll results. But, there is no unanimity between them. Some Exit Polls are claiming that Congress will emerge as the single largest party whereas others are predicting BJP's victory. None of Exit Polls however is giving enough seats to either Congress of BJP needed to form the government.
If we look at India Today-Axis My India Exit Poll, it gives Congress 106-118 seats, BJP 79-92 seats and JDS 22-30 seats.
"Congress in Karnataka is expected to be the single-largest party according to India Today-Axis My India exit poll with 39 per cent vote share. The exit poll suggests that Congress enjoys the support of Minorities (Muslims & Christians), Kurubas and SC & ST which constitutes 48% of Karnataka's population", it said,
Likewise, Times Now-VMR survey seat projection for parties are 90-103 seats for Congress, 80-93 seats for BJP, 35 seats for JD(s)+ and 6 seats for others.
ABP News Exit Poll by C-Voter however has given BJP 107 seats, Congress 88 seats, JD(S) 25 seats and others 04 seats. This result is based upon voting till 04 pm.
Similarly, News Nation, News X-CNX, Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat and Today's Chanakya have also predicted that the BJP will win more 100 seats.
These are just predictions and resulta of Exit Polls. Counting of votes will be held in Karnataka on May 15 and the actual results will also be declared on the same day.
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