Bengaluru, May 15: The counting of votes for the Karnataka Assembly Elections will take place today i.e. Tuesday. Polling in 224 constituencies of Karnataka Assembly, including Nagamangala, Krishnarajpet, Shravanabelagola, Arsikere and Belur 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.
All you need to know about constituencies
Nagamangala: In Nagamangala constituency, BJP has fielded Gowda Dr. Parthasarathy V. while the Congress has chosen N Chaluvarayaswamy for the seat. Suresh Gowdaa is contesting from JD(S) for the Nagamangala constituency seat. In 2013, N.Chaluvarayaswamy (Swamy Gowda) from JD(S) won the seat.
Krishnarajpet: In the Krishnarajpet Vidhan Sabha constituency, the Congress has fielded K B Chandrashekar. The BJP has fielded BC Manju for the seat. Incumbent MLA Narayanagowda is contesting from JD(S).
Shravanabelagola: BJP has fielded Shivananjegowda for the Hosakote seat while the Congress has fielded MLA C S Puttegowda. Incumbent MLA C N Balakrishna is contesting from JD(S) for Shravanabelagola constituency.
Arsikere: BJP has fielded G. Mariswamy for this seat while the Congress has fielded G.B.Shashidhara. JD(S) is contesting incumbent MLA K.M Shivalinge Gowda for the Arsikere constituency.
Belur: H.K. Suresh is contesting from BJP for Belur constituency seat while Keerthana Rudreshagowda from the Congress is contesting for this seat. From JD(S), Lingesha. K.S. will be fighting for the seat. In 2013, Congress MLA Y.N Rudresha Gowda won the Belur 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 have contested in all 224 seats, while the Congress has contested 222 seats. The HD Devegowda-led Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) have contested on 201 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by Mayawati, which came into an alliance with the JD(S), has contest on 20 seats.