New Delhi, May 12: Former chief minister of Karnataka and Janata Dal (Secular) leader, HD Deve Gowda, on Saturday said that there is a possibility that the party may form the government. Talking to news agency ANI, he said, “We expect a possibility of forming the government, we have done well.” (Click here for the live updates of Karnataka Assembly 2018 Voting) Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Dares BJP To Arrest Her, Says Will Ensure TMC Victory in Polls From Jail Itself
HD Deve Gowda made the remark after casting his vote in Holenarasipura town in Hassan district. The state is seen as a prestige battle for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JDS), who are also the main contenders in the election. The party has fielded HD Kumaraswamy as its chief ministerial candidate. Also Read - BJP MLA Vijay Kumar Sinha Elected Speaker of Bihar Assembly by Majority Vote
The BJP had ruled the state between 2008 and 2013 but its tenure was marred by intra-party feuds and allegations of corruption. One of its three chief ministers and its current chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa was in jail over corruption charges. On the other hand, the opposition Congress party is confident of breaking the jinx. (Also Read: Karnataka Polls: Follow These Steps to Find Your Polling Station)
The campaigning which began soon after the announcement of the poll dates by the Election Commission has witnessed a total of 21 rallies by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Almost in all the rallies, PM Modi criticized and accused Congress of misrule in the state.
In total, there are more than 2654 candidates, including 219 women, in the fray for 224 seats in Karnataka. As per the data released by Chief Electoral Office in Karnataka, the BJP will contest all 224 seats, while the Congress will contest 222 seats. The HD Devegowda-led Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) will contest on 201 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by Mayawati, which came into an alliance with the JD(S), will contest on 20 seats.
The election for one constituency – Jayanagar – has been postponed following the death of BJP candidate BN Vijay Kumar. The results for Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 will be declared on May 15.