Southern Karnataka Election Results 2018 Latest Updates: The counting of votes for 222-Assembly constituencies, out of the total 224, of Karnataka will be held on May 15 i.e. Tuesday, today. The voting for Karnataka Elections 2018 was held on May 12 (Saturday) in which a record 72.13 per cent voter turnout was recorded. The Southern Karnataka Election Results 2018 will be announced today. The 50 seats in the region are witnessing a triangular contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and HD Deve Gowda-led Janata Dal Secular (JDS). It will be interesting to see which party wins the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018. For CM post, the BJP has fielded BS Yeddyurappa, whereas Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy have been fielded by the Congress and JD(S) respectively. (Live streaming of Karnataka Polls Results)
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Assembly constituencies that fall under Southern Karnataka region are – Chiknayakanhalli, Tiptur, Turuvekere, Kunigal, Tumkur City, Tumkur Rural, Koratagere, Gubbi, Sira, Madhugiri, Gauribidanur, Bagepalli, Chikkaballapur, Sidlaghatta, Chintamani, Srinivaspur, Mulbagal, Kolar Gold Field, Bangarapet, Kolar, Malur, Malavalli, Maddur, Melukote, Mandya, Shrirangapattana, Nagamangala, Krishnarajpet, Shravanabelagola, Arsikere, Belur, Hassan, Holenarasipur, Arkalgud, Sakleshpur, Periyapatna, Krishnarajanagara, Hunsur, Heggadadevankote, Nanjangud, Chamundeshwari, Krishnaraja, Chamaraja, Narasimharaja, Varuna, T.Narasipur, Hanur, Kollegal, Chamarajanagar and Gundlupet. (Karnataka Exit Polls Predict a Hung House, BJP Ahead by a Nose)
Out of the total constituencies under Southern Karnataka, Varuna seat is to be watched out for. The Congress has fielded Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s son Dr Yathindra who will be fighting against BJP’s Thotadappa Basavaraju and Abhishek S. Manegar of the JD(S). Siddaramaiah has been contesting from this constituency since 2008. Varuna, a Congress bastion, was easily won by Siddaramaiah in the last election against Karnataka Jana Paksha’s (KJP) Kapu Siddalingaswamy and Cheluvaraj of the JD(S) by a comfortable margin of 29,641 votes.
The exit poll predictions for Karnataka Elections 2018 on Saturday presented a conflicting picture. Some exit polls gave the BJP an edge over the ruling Congress, others predicted that the Congress might get the most seats. Some even predicted a hung Assembly in Karnataka.
Congress is likely to win 106-118 seats with 39 per cent vote share and will be the single-largest party in Karnataka, whereas BJP will win around 79-92 seats, JD(S) and its allies will bag 22-30 seats and 1-4 seats will go into the Independents’ kitty, India Today-Axis My India exit poll predicted. (Karnataka Polls: Neither Siddaramaiah, Nor Yeddyurappa Will Become Chief Minister, Claims JD(S))
Meanwhile, ABP C-Voter exit poll predicted 101-113 seats for BJP. It has predicted 82 to 94 seats for Congress, while JD(S) and others will get 18-31 seats and 1 to 8 seats respectively.
In Karnataka, no party since 1985 came to power for a second consecutive term. Congress had won 122 seats and the BJP 40 seats in the last Karnataka Assembly election in 2013. The term of current Karnataka Assembly ends on May 28.