Karnataka Assembly Election Results 2018 Latest Updates: The result of Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 is set to be declared today. Counting of votes will begin at 8 am while the first trends are likely to emerge by about 8:30 am. All eyes are on whether the Karnataka Vidhana Soudha will see a hung Assembly as has been predicted by many exit polls, or whether the Congress or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will get majority. Voting took place for the Karnataka elections on Saturday May 12 and the state recorded a turnout of 72.13 per cent, the highest since 1952 Assembly polls. Who has this high turnout favoured? Stay with us for LIVE updates on Karnataka election results 2018 to find out.Also Read - Zee News Opinion Poll For Punjab: Charanjit Singh Channi Emerges As Most Preferred CM Candidate
Repolling was held at polling booth number 20 and 21 in Kushtagi assembly constituency and Hebbala constituency’s Lottagollanahalli booth number 2 on Monday. The repolling was necessitated due to technical errors on May 12, when polling was held across the 222 constituencies that went to vote. Here’s where and how you can can check Karnataka poll results. Heavy security has been deployed at the 38 counting centres in the state, five of which are in Bengaluru. Also Read - Majha (Punjab): Congress and SAD Likely to Get 10 Seats Each As Per Zee Opinion Poll, Channi Popular CM Choice
The exit polls have predicted a hung assembly in Karnataka just like the opinion polls did. However, exit polls are divided on whether the Congress or the BJP will emerge as the single largest party while they say that the JDS will emerge as the kingmaker. But a majority of exit polls have predicted advantage BJP, with Today’s-Chanakya Times Now predicting a clear mandate for the party. On the other hand, the India Today-Axis My India exit poll has predicted a clear victory for the Congress. Also Read - Uttarakhand Assembly Election 2022: Check BJP's Full List of Candidates
Poll pundits have called it a wave-less election in Karnataka. However, both the Congress and the BJP have claimed that they will win the election and form the government in the state on their own. The JDS, meanwhile, according to reports has backed a Dalit face for the Chief Minister’s post if it wants the Congress to ally with it in case of a hung Assembly. While the Congress has pitched for Siddaramaiah, the man who is the first to have completed 5 years as CM in Karnataka, as its CM candidate, the BJP is rooting for former CM Yeddyurappa’s return.