Bengaluru, May 15: The counting of votes of the Karnataka Assembly Elections will take place today i.e. Tuesday, May 15. The Polling in 224 constituencies of Karnataka Assembly, including Malavalli (SC), Maddur, Melukote, Mandya and Shrirangapattana Vidhan Sabha seats was held on May 12. The Karnataka Assembly election 2018 is a direct fight between the ruling Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This election is very important for the Congress as Karnataka (after Punjab) is the only large state that it is aiming to retain. On the other hand, the BJP is striving to form its government in Karnataka. Election officials had estimated that 70 per cent of the electors had cast their votes, this year.
Malavalli (SC): BJP has fielded B.Somashekhar for the Malavalli constituency while the Congress has fielded the incumbent MLA P.M.Narendraswamy. JD(S) has fielded Dr.K.Annadani for this constituency.
Maddur: In the Maddur Vidhan Sabha constituency, the Congress is fielding Madhu G Madegowda. The BJP is contesting Madduru Sathisha for the seat. JD(S) is contesting incumbent MLA D.C.Thammanna for the seat.
Melukote: BJP is fielding Sundahalli Somashekara for the Melukote seat while the JD(S) is fielding C S Puttaraju. In 2013, K.S.Ptuttanniah from SVKP won the seat for Melukote constituency.
Mandya: BJP has fielded N Shivanna for the Mandya constituency while the Congress has fielded P Ravikumar for the seat. M Srinivas is contesting from JD(S) for the seat. In 2013, M.H. Ambareesh from the Congress won the seat.
Shrirangapattana: Nanjundegowda.K. S is contesting from BJP for Shrirangapattana constituency seat while A.B.Ramesha Bandisiddegowda from the Congress is contesting for this seat. From JD(S), Ravindra Srikantaiah will be fighting for the seat. In 2013, A.B. Ramesha Bandisiddegowda from JD(S) won the Shrirangapattana seat.
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 has contested for all the 224 seats, while the Congress has contested on 222 seats. The HD Devegowda-led Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) has contested on 201 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by Mayawati, which came into an alliance with the JD(S), has contested on 20 seats.