Bengaluru, May 12: Voting for Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 took place today from 7 am to 6 pm. A total voter turnout of 70 per cent was recorded till 6 pm. While opinion polls have pointed at a hung Assembly in Karnataka, exit poll results will be out today. Stay with us for LIVE updates on Karnataka exit poll 2018 results to get a picture of whether the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or the Janata Dal Secular (JDS) appear to be winning the elections for the 224-seat Vidhana Soudha. India.com was also live with voting in Karnataka. Here are updates of voting as it happened.
The BJP has state that it is confident of winning over 130 seats. In fact for Karnataka chief minister and BJP’s CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa has claimed that his party will win more than 150 seats in the state and would form the government on its own. On the other hand, current chief minister Siddaramaiah has said that he would write history and retain power in the state, something that hasn’t happened in Karnataka for years. Siddaramaiah, meanwhile, is the only Chief Minister to have completed five years as CM in Karnataka in the past 40 years.
The JDS, too, is confident of being able to for the government in the state. Opinion polls have, however, indicated that the JDS is most likely to play kingmaker this election.
The high-octane campaign for the Karnataka elections included multiple rallies by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as Congress President Rahul Gandhi. In fact, after a long hiatus, the battlefield also saw former Congress president Sonia Gandhi campaign for her party on the ground. Rahul Gandhi, meanwhile, visited all of 30 districts in the state to leave no stone unturned in Congress’s campaign for Karnataka. Similarly, BJP President Amit Shah also campaigned in the state for months. Both the leaders also visited various temples and muths in the state.
The election is being keenly watched with BJP hoping for it to serve as its gateway to the politics of south India after coming to power in the country in 2014. Many on the other hand are calling it a make or break election for the Congress. Who wins this one will be clear on May 15 when counting of votes take place.