Bengaluru, May 15: The counting of votes of the Karnataka Assembly Elections is underway. The Polling in 224 constituencies of Karnataka Assembly, including Bangalore South, Anekal (SC), Hosakote, Devanahalli (SC), Doddaballapur Vidhan Sabha seats was held on May 12. The main contenders of the Karnataka Assembly election 2018 are the ruling Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the JD(S). This election is very important for the Congress as Karnataka, (after Punjab) is the only large state that the Congress is aiming to retain while the BJP is striving to form its government in Karnataka.
Bangalore South: In Bangalore South constituency, BJP has fielded incumbent MLA M Krishnappa while the Congress has chosen RK Ramesh for the seat. R Prabhakar Reddy is contesting from JD(S) for the Bangalore South constituency seat.
Anekal (SC): In the Anekal (SC) Vidhan Sabha constituency, the Congress has fielded B.Shivanna. The BJP has contested A.Narayanaswamy for the seat. In 2013, Shivannab won the Anekal (SC) Vidhan Sabha seat.
Hosakote: BJP has fielded Sharath Kumar Bachegowda for the Hosakote seat while the Congress has fielded incumbent MLA N Nagaraju (MTB). Krishna Murthy R is contesting from JD(S) for Haskote constituency.
Devanahalli (SC): BJP has fielded K Nagesh for this seat while the Congress has fielded Venkataswamy. JD(S) is contesting Narayanaswamy L N for the Devanahalli (SC) constituency. In 2013, JD(S) candidate Pilla Munishamappa won the Devanahalli (SC) Vidhan Sabha seat.
Doddaballapur: J Narasimhaswamy is contesting from BJP for Doddaballapur constituency seat while T Venkataramanaiah from the Congress is contesting for this seat. From JD(S), B Munegowda will be fighting for the seat. In 2013, Congress MLA T.Venkataramanaiah (Appakaranahalu T.Venkatesh) won the Doddaballapur seat.
In total, there are more than 2654 candidates, including 219 women, in the fray for 224 seats in Karnataka. As per the data released by Chief Electoral Office in Karnataka, the BJP has contested for all the 224 seats, while the Congress has contested on 222 seats. The HD Devegowda-led Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) has contested on 201 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by Mayawati, which came into an alliance with the JD(S), has contested on 20 seats.