New Delhi, May 15: The counting of votes in Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 is proving to be as exciting as the campaigning has been. Early trends have shown that the state is headed towards a hung Assembly, as exit polls suggested. There is no telling which way the scale will tilt vis-a-vis main political parties; the BJP and the Congress. Badami, a constituency that incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah picked almost like an afterthought, is keeping everyone on tenterhooks as here the fight is neck and neck; every minute, the trends change. While the day began on a positive note for Siddaramaiah, there has been an obvious flip-flop with reports coming in of the leader trailing from both the seats, then leading from both the seats. Siddaramaiah this year vacated his traditional Varuna seat for his son. Varuna would have been a safe bet for him, he won both the elections from there since delimitation created that constituency. (Watch Karnataka Assembly Elections LIVE Streaming Here)
Banking on his party’s work in the past five years, Siddaramaiah had announced that this would be his last election and said he was ready to give up his seat for a Dalit leader. This announcement came after he had pitched himself as the Chief Ministerial candidate all through the campaign in the state.
Meanwhile, the BJP isn’t too far behind. Since morning, it has been a couple of seats ahead of or behind the Congress. In fact, if trends are to be believed, the state is well headed towards a hung Assembly. Meanwhile, JD(S), though nowhere near the two main rivals, seems to be poised to play the kingmaker. Leading on a decent number of seats, JD(S) and its support to either party would determine the new government in the state.