Bengaluru, May 15: Outgoing Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah submitted his resignation to state governor Vajubhai Vala today evening. Siddaramaiah went to the Raj Bhavan after announcing his party’s support to the Janata Dal (Secular) JD(S) to form the government. Also Read - COVID-19: BJP MLA Kiran Maheshwari Passes Away, PM Modi Condoles Demise
Siddaramaiah who contested from two constituencies- Badami and Chamundeshwari, out of the 222 constituencies that went to polls today, lost by a huge margin in the Chamundeshwari constituency. He was defeated by JD(S) candidate GT Deve Gowda. While in Badaami, Siddaramaiah won big time over BJP’s candidate Sreermulu by 1600 votes. After not securing enough seats in the assembly elections 2018, the Congress announced to support JD(S) to form a hung government in the state. Also Read - Regretting Error: Congress MP Anand Sharma Clarifies After Praising PM Modi's Visit to Vaccine Facilities
Both Congress and JD (S) will meet the Governor later in the evening to stake claim to form the government said senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad while he addressed the media. Also Read - PM Hailing Farm Laws Shows Govt 'Drunk With Power' in Face of Protests: Congress
Counting of votes began at 8 am for 222 out of 224 assembly constituencies in the state. The BJP fielded 223 candidates, while the Congress and the JD (S) fielded 222 and 201 candidates respectively. Karnataka Assembly has 224 seats and a party or an alliance needs 112 seats to form the government. Currently, the BJP holds 104 seats, Congress holds 77 seats and the JD(S), which changed the game in today’s assembly elections holds 38 seats as of now.