New Delhi, May 15: Counting of votes is on for Karnataka Assembly Elections and the BJP seems poised to form the next government in Karnataka as it leads on 112 seats of the 224-constituency state assembly. The Congress is nowhere close and the JD(S) is leading on a decent number of seats. Celebrations have begun as the saffron party seems set to form the next government. Party stalwart BS Yeddyurappa has won from Shikaripura. The party had tweaked its own rules to get Yeddyurappa to helm these elections and the decision served them in good stead. The party, with star campaigners backing it, is on its way to unseat the Congress which was hoping for an encore in this crucial Assembly elections which were seen as the precursor to the 2019 General Elections. The party has flooded its twitter handle with updates on candidates winning in their respective constituencies.

Meanwhile, incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is trailing in both Badami and is way behind his rival in Chamundeshwari where the JD(S) candidate is leading. Another Congress leader Priyank Kharge is also trailing. Prominent among those trailing are ministers HC Mahadevappa (T Narasipura), Santosh Lad (Kalagatagi) and Vinay Kulkarni (Dharwad). Senior BJP leader KS Eshwarappa from Shivamogga, state minister Kagodu Timmappa from Sagara and Siddaramaiah’s son Yatheendra, from Varuna, were leading over their rivals, said reports.