Bengaluru, May 15: As the counting of votes has started, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was reportedly trailing behind its BJP rivals from both Badami and Chamundeshwari seats. Now, he is leading at Badami.

The Congress chief minister has been the tallest leader in the state and if the party retains power, he would be credited for the victory. Siddaramaiah had contested from two seats to make sure he returns to the Assembly.  If the trend continues and the chief minister gets defeated, it will be a huge setback for the party.  It’s just an early trend and final outcome might change.

As most exit polls had predicted, the early trends are showing that it would be a Hung Assembly with no clear winner and if the trends continue, the BJP might emerge as the single largest party. However, in face of falling short of the majority, it will need JD(S) as the partner to form a coalition government.  In all likelihood, the JD(S) might emerge as the kingmaker as predicted by exit polls.

The voting on 220 seats of Karnataka Assembly was held on May 12 and voting on two assembly seats was deferred.  The final results are expected to come in the afternoon and the trends might change later.