Bengaluru, May 15: The fate of candidates, who had contested for Karnataka Assembly Elections, will be known today, Tuesday, with the counting of votes underway. The Karnataka state is very important for Congress. The Congress is aiming at retaining the only large state it rules after Punjab, while the BJP is striving to form its government in Karnataka. The voting for F Puttur, Sullia (SC), Madikeri, Virajpet, and Periyapatna was held on May 12. (Click here for live updates on Karnataka Elections 2018) Also Read - Karnataka Cabinet: 12 Congress, Nine JD(S) MLAs to Take Oath as Ministers Today
In F Puttur, Congress has fielded Shakunthala.T. Shetty and Sanjeeva Matandoor is fighting from BJP and I. C. Kailas Gowda is representing JD(S). While in Sullia (SC), which is reserved for scheduled caste category, has, main contenders from Congress and BJP. Congress has fielded Dr. B Raghu from the seat and BJP have contested Angara S. In 2013, Angara. S from BJP had won the elections. Also Read - Congress Buckles Under JD(S) Pressure, Kumaraswamy Likely to Keep Finance Portfolio: Sources
In Madikeri, Congress has fielded K P Chandrakala from the seat and BJP have contested Appachu Ranjan M P and B A Jivijaya is from JD(S). In 2013, Ranjan from BJP had won the elections. In Virajpet, BJP has fielded K G Bopaiah from the seat and Congress has contested Arun Machaiah C S and Sanketh Poovaiah M is from JD(S). In 2013, Kg.Bopaiah from BJP had won the elections. Periyapatna is constituency number 210. BJP has fielded Manjunatha S from the seat and Congress has contested K. Venkatesh and K. Mahadeva is from JD(S). In 2013, K.Venkatesh from Congress had won the elections. Also Read - HD Kumaraswamy Oath-Taking Ceremony Live News Updates: JD(S) Leader Sworn-in as karnataka Chief Minister
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 have contested in all 224 seats, while the Congress has contested 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 a contest on 20 seats.