Bengaluru, May 15: The results for the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 will be declared today i.e. Tuesday, May 15. The counting of the votes is underway and the final results are expected to be out by late afternoon. All the 224 constituencies of Karnataka Assembly, including Hassan, Holenarasipur, Arkalgud, Sakleshpur (SC) And Belthangady Vidha Sabha seats went to polls on May 12. It remains to be seen if the Congress is be able to retain power or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will return to the state. This election is very important for the Congress as Karnataka (after Punjab) is the only large state that it is aiming to retain. On the other hand, the BJP is striving to form its government in Karnataka.
Hassan: In Hassan constituency, BJP has fielded MLA Preetham J Gowda while the Congress has chosen H K Mahesh for the seat. Incumbent MLA H S Prakash is contesting from JD(S) for the Hassan constituency seat.
Holenarasipur: In the Holenarasipur Vidhan Sabha constituency, the Congress is fielding Manjegowda B P. The BJP is contesting M N Raju for the seat. Incumbent MLA H D Revanna is contesting from JD(S).
Sakleshpur: BJP has fielded Somashekar Jayaraj for this seat while the Congress nominated Siddaiah. From the JD(S), incumbent MLA H K Kumaraswamy is contesting for the Sakleshpur (SC) constituency.
Belthangady: Harish Poonja is contesting from BJP for Belthangady constituency seat while Incumbent MLA K.Vasantha Bangera from the Congress is contesting for this seat. From JD(S), Sumathi S Hegde will be fighting for the seat.
Arkalgud: The contest is between Manju A of the Congress and BJP’s H. Yogaramesha.
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.