Bengaluru, May 15: The counting of votes of the Karnataka Assembly Elections is set to begin today i.e. Tuesday at 8 pm. All the 224 constituencies of Karnataka Assembly, including Nelamangala (SC), Magadi, Ramanagaram, Kanakapura and Channapatna went to polls on May 12. The Karnataka Assembly election 2018 is a direct fight between the ruling Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The former PM HD Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal Secular (JDS) is also one of the main contenders for the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018. Reportedly, this year, the voting percentage was recorded to be the highest since the 1952 assembly polls. The voting percentage in Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 was estimated to be 72.13 per cent.
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.
Nelamangala (SC): In Nelamangala (SC), BJP has fielded MLA M V Nagaraju while the Congress has chosen R Narayanaswamy for the seat. Dr K.Sreenivasamurthy is contesting from JD(S) for the Nelamangala (SC) constituency seat. In 2013, Dr K Srinivasamurrhy from JD(S) won the Nelamangala (SC) constituency seat.
Magadi: BJP has fielded M.C.Hanumantharaj for the Magadi constituency while the Congress has fielded H.C. Balakrishna. JD(S) has fielded A. Manjunath for the seat. In 2013, JD(S) candidate H.C.Balakrishna won this seat.
Ramanagaram: BJP is fielding Leelavathi for the Ramanagaram seat while the Congress is fielding MLA Iqbal Hussain.H.A. Incumbent MLA H.D.Kumaraswamy is contesting from JD(S) for Ramanagaram constituency.
Kanakapura: BJP is fielding Nandini Gowda for this seat while the Congress is fielding D K Shivakumar. JD(S) is contesting Narayana Gowda for the Kanakapura constituency. In 2013, Congress candidate D.K. Shivajgumar won the Kanakapura Vidhan Sabha seat.
Channapatna: C P Yogeeshwara is contesting from BJP for Channapatna constituency seat while H M Revanna from the Congress is contesting for this seat. From JD(S), H D Kumara Swamy will be fighting for the seat. In 2013, Samajwadi party MLA C P Yogeeshwara won the Channapatna 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.