Karnataka elections results on May 15: Exit poll results show BJP may beat Congress

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Bengaluru | Updated: May 13, 2018 2:56:20 PM

Karnataka assembly election 2018 updates: Voting was held in 222 constituencies. Technical glitches in electronic voting machines (EVMs) delayed polling at several places in Bengaluru.

karnataka election 2018Karnataka assembly election 2018 updates: The highlights of the Karnataka potboiler included issues like corruption, communalism, Siddaramaiah’s Rs 70 lakh Hublot watch, Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin to fake voter IDs in Raja Rajeshwari (RR) Nagar assembly segment.

Karnataka election 2018: Voting has ended in 222 constituencies. The polling began as early as 7 AM this morning and people across the state were seen outside poll booths. In a shocking incident, BJP and Congress workers were allegedly caught distributing cash for votes outside Nalini Raghunatha Rao degree college polling booth in South Bangalore as per India Today. Report said, while Congress workers distributed Rs 600, BJP was handing out Rs 500 notes to voters. The Congress party workers first inspected people’s voters IDs and then were given money.

Technical glitches in electronic voting machines (EVMs) delayed polling at several places in Bengaluru. According to state electoral authorities, the highest 31 percent voting was recorded in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts respectively at 11 am while Bengaluru urban recorded the lowest at 17 percent. Karnataka Election results will be declared on May 15.

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10:20 PM: “We have fought this election on the plank of our 5 year performance and our vision for the state. I am confident the people of Karnataka will bless us to continue serving them. #KarnatakaWithCongress” he added in another tweet.

10:15 PM: “Dear People of Karnataka, Thank you for exercising your franchise today.I thank all the officers & staffconnected with conducting the Election for their hard work & sincerity. And finally, to all the workers of the Congress party – I am indebted to you for all your efforts,” CM Siddaramaiah tweeted.

10:06 PM: As polling was held in Karnataka today, Chief Ministerial aspirants of Congress and the BJP, thanked people for participating in the election process.

10:01 PM: Not only now, but I had been telling since last 6 months that we will form the govt with clear majority: CM Siddaramaiah

9:50 PM: A BJP victory in Karnataka will also reflect the enduring charisma of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his capacity to power his party to victory across the country, clearing demographic and topographical obstacles.

9:45 PM: “I want to congratulate the voters of Karnataka. Till 6 pm, the voter turnout in the state was 70 per cent. Barring a few polling stations, voting has been completed at almost all,” Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha told reporters after elections were over.

9:35 PM: Congress hopes to win 130 seats in the Assembly polls, says Randeep Surjewala.

9:35 PM: All eyes are now on May 15, when Assembly election results will be declared. It is major poll for both BJP and Congress with general elections due on May 15.

9:25 PM: The BJP has declared B S Yeddyurappa as its chief ministerial candidate.

9:20 PM: Something was tweeted, but that problem was never there. It was an EVM malfunction. Claim factually wrong: K’taka Chief Electoral Officer on Congress’ Brijesh Kalappa’s tweet that all votes are going to BJP despite pressing any button at a polling booth in RMV II Stage, Bengaluru

9:10 PM: Both the BJP and the Congress ran a spirited campaign in the state with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the saffron charge with 21 rallies, while Rahul Gandhi and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah led the Congress’ bid to ensure that it defies anti-incumbency to retain power.

9:01 PM: “We will form the government in Karnataka. The language used by the PM in the state does not suit the stature of the head of the state & during the entire campaign he has misquoted history, ” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

8: 56 PM: Re-polling to take place in Hebbal assembly constituency’s Polling Station Number 2 on May 14 after polling was stopped there due to EVM failure: Sanjeev Kumar, Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer.

8:52 PM: “I entered there&questioned but no one supported me. A man was making a video of it when his mobile was snatched away. Several Congress people threatened to kill us. I told concerned officers, they assured action but nothing happened yet. We’ll inform EC”, he added.

8:50 PM: “I am BJP candidate from BTM constituency. When I was visiting booths today I was surprised to see people with lot of ID cards. They were ticking, calling people&giving them IDs asking them to vote. Later the IDs were again given back there.” G Lallesh Reddy, BJP

8:47 PM: The outcome of the elections may have a huge impact on the fortunes of two main national parties–the BJP and the Congress–that are vying for electoral laurel in the key southern state.

8:45 PM: Pollsters have made a forecast a hung Assembly, with a close contest between Congress and BJP. JDS is likely to play a crucial role in government formation in the event of a fractured mandate.

8:40 PM: Five channels suggest BJP may emerge as the largest party with 98 seats. Congress get 90 seats, while JD(S) may get 32 seats and others 3.

8:35 PM: An estimated 70 percent of the over 4.96 crore voters exercised their franchise to choose a new Karnataka Assembly in one of the most high-profile and bitterly fought elections in the recent times.

8:30 PM: There were reports of malfunctioning of EVMs from some polling stations, and minor clashes between Congress and BJP supporters. The two parties also accused each other of inducing voters.

8:25 PM: Voting for 222 of the 224 assembly seats in the state was held today. Any party will need the support of 113 MLAs to form a new government.

8:20 PM: Even as Belagavi district had the highest number of voters with figure of 37,23,585), Kodagu had the lowest voter share with 4,33,846 voters.

8:15 PM: India News- Todays Chanakya exit poll suggests BJP may win 120 seats, Congress 73, JDS 26 and Others may get 3 seats.

8:10 PM: The Congress had won 122 seats last time following a split in the BJP, which was reduced to 40 seats while the JD(S) also got 40 seats.

8:05 PM: More than 2,600 candidates were in the fray. There were total of whom 2,56,75,579 were male voters, 2,50,09,904 were female and 5,055 transgender.

7:56 PM: Total cumulative gross seizure of cash Rs 94 crore, liquor worth Rs 24.78 crore, various inducements like sarees, vehicles, dhotis, utensils, electronic gadgets worth Rs 66 Crores till today. This is more than 8 times the seizures made in last assembly election: Election Commission

7:53 PM: News Nation Ground Zero exit poll suggests BJP may get 99-108 seats, Congress 75-84 seats, JD(S) 31-40 seats and others Others 3-7.

7:47 pm: News X – CNX  survey suggest BJP may get 106 seats, Congress 75, JDS 37 and Others 4 seats.

7:45 PM: According to Today’s Chanakya exit poll, BJP likely to get 106 seats, while Congress may get 75, JDS 37 and others 4 seats.

7:40 PM: Republic TV Jan Ki Baat Exit Poll says BJP will get 104 seats, Congress 77, JDS 37 seats andothers 2 seats.

7:35 PM: Vijayavani Exit Poll survey predicts BJP emerge as the largest party,close to a majority on its own. BJP may get 105 seats, Congress 78, JD(S) -33 and Others 6.

7:20 PM: ABP News Exit Poll (till 4 pm) suggests BJP may get 101-113 seats, Congress 82-94 seats, JDS 18-31 seats and others 1-8 seats

7:15 PM: CVoter exit poll suggests BJP to get 97-109 seats, Congress 87-99 seats, JDS 21-30 and Others 1-8 seats, as per voting till 2 pm

7:10 PM: As per CNX Exit poll, BJP may get 106 seats, Congress 75 , JDS 37 and others 4.

7:05 PM: Suvarna TV predicts 106-118 seats for Congress, 79-82 for BJP, JD S 22-30 and others 1-4 seats.

7:01 PM: As per Times now -VMR Exit Poll prediction, BJP may get 80-93 seats, Congress 90-103 and JDS 31-39. Others likely to get 2-4 seats.

6:55 PM: Total turnout figure received so far is 70%: Election Commission

6:45 PM: Except few polling stations, where people are still standing in the line and voting, polling has been completed in almost all polling stations: Election Commission.

6:36 PM: India Today-Axis My India exit poll says BJP may get 79-92 seats, Congres 106-118 seats and JDS 22-30 seats.

6:20 PM: Over 64 percent turnout reported till 5 pm, state electoral officials.

6:05 PM: Voting ends at 6 pm. All eyes in exit polls now.

5: 55 PM: Election for the Jayanagara seat in Bengaluru was countermanded following the death of BJP candidate and sitting MLA B N Vijaykumar.

5:50 PM: Re-polling to take place in Hebbal assembly constituency’s Polling Station Number 2 after polling was stopped due to EVM failure.

5:47 PM: During the 2013 Assembly elections, the voter turnout was 71.45 percent.

5:45 PM: Polling booth No.s 142, 143 & 144 in Tippu Nagar witness less turnout of voters.

5:35 PM: Election for the Jayanagara seat in Bengaluru has been countermanded, following the death of the BJP candidate and sitting MLA, B N Vijaykumar.

5:20 PM: Over 2,600 candidates are in the fray — over 2,400 men and over 200 women.

5:17 PM: Karnataka reports 65 percent votes till 5 pm, reports India Today.

5:10 PM: Voting in the state will end at 6pm.

5:01 PM: Polling is being held for 222 of the 224 Assembly seats, in a three-cornered contest between the Congress, BJP and Deve Gowda’s JD(S)

4:50 PM: In one of the most bitter poll battles Karnataka has ever seen, the ruling Congress and the BJP have gone all out to woo the voters during their acrimonious campaigning that saw the big guns of both the parties crisscross the southern state.

4:35 PM: Earlier in the day, technical glitches in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) delayed polling at several places in Bengaluru.

4:26 PM: Rain lashed in Hubli affecting voting. Watch photos here

4:20 PM: “My son Dr Yatindra Siddaramaiah & I have cast our vote in Varuna today. Karnataka voters as always will display political maturity & will begin a change that our country needs the most. Please go out & vote for an inclusive & peaceful Karnataka. #KarnatakaVoting (sic),” the chief minister tweeted after casting his vote earlier in the day.

4:07 PM: Siddaramaiah’s political rivals are saying the chief minister decided to also contest from Badami, a constituency dominated by Kurubas, the community he belongs to, as Chamundeshwari will not be easy for him.

3:20 PM: HD Kumaraswamy defends JD(S) on the cash distribution row. “Everywhere it is going on, not only from my party but all parties, all candidates are distributing money,” says Kumaraswamy to Times Now.

3:15 PM: 56% voter turnout recorded till 3 pm in Karnataka.

3 PM: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that he is not worried about the outcome of the Karnataka Elections.” This Amit Shah is like a comedy show and Narendra Modi’s image has drastically declined, his speeches are completely hollow and have made no impact on the voters of Karnataka,” said Siddaramaiah.

2:55 PM: Former Foreign Minister and BJP leader SM Krishna casts his vote in a polling booth in Bengaluru.

2:50 PM: Groom Mallikarjun Gamangatti and bride Nikhita Jodi arrived at polling booth 191-A in Dharwad to cast their vote.

2:45 PM: Voters queued up at a polling booth in Dharwad’s Navalgund.

2:40 PM: BJP and Congress workers were caught distributing cash for votes outside Nalini Raghunatha Rao degree college polling booth in South Bangalore, reports India Today. Congress and BJP were caught distributing Rs 600 and Rs 500 respectively to voters.

2:25 PM: The Election Commission has come up with the ‘M3 EVMs’ that are tamper proof and stops when attempts are made to meddle with it.

2:20 PM: “JD(S) has distributed a lot of money, their candidate says he is a society secretary, so from where did he get so much money? Also, BJP is openly supporting JDS, they have put up a dummy candidate here,” said Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah on Chamundeshwari constituency.

2:15 PM: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah casts his vote in Chamundeshwari. He is contesting from Chamundeshwari and Badami constituencies.

1:50 PM:  36.8% voting registered till 1 PM in Karnataka Elections, reports Times Now.

1:20 PM: Woman stopped from entering a polling both in Belagavi as she was reluctant to remove her ‘burqa’ for identification, was later allowed when a woman official identified her inside a cubicle.

1:14 PM: “It is a sensitive polling booth & the clash between BJP and Congress workers happened within 100 meters of the booth. We will investigate and take further action,” says Ravi Channannavar, Bengaluru DCP.

1:12 PM: Clashes broke out between Congress & BJP workers outside a polling booth in Bengaluru’s Hampi Nagar, allegedly after the former thrashed a BJP corporator. Ravindra, Vijayanagar BJP candidate says, ‘our corporator Anand was attacked but police isn’t taking any action’.

1:09 PM: Clashes reported from CM Siddaramaiah’s Badami constituency, reports Times Now.

12:40 PM: JD(S) workers allegedly seen distributing cash in Kolar reports Times Now.

 

12:35 PM: People coming out to vote in Karnataka. Right before her wedding, a bride casts her vote at polling booth number. 131 in Madikeri.

12:30 PM: BJP workers staged a protest outside Booth No. 58 in Karadigudda in Dharwad; alleging that polling staff at the booth were asking people to vote for Congress candidate Vinay Kulkarni. EC officials present at the spot.

12:20 PM: As voting in Karnataka continues, CM Siddaramaiah says, ‘Yeddyurappa is mentally disturbed. Congress will get more than 120 seats. I am very confident.’

 

12:10 PM: CM Siddaramaiah is confident of majority in Karnataka. Karnataka CM says will win polls. “We are very-very confident that Congress party will come back to power with complete majority,” says CM Siddaramaiah in Mysuru’s Varuna.

12 PM: Pink booth set up in Shivamogga in order to attract women voters reports Times Now.

11:55 AM: “I have been visiting villages in the constituency for last 1 & half years. Election campaigning didn’t feel any different. Wherever I went, people expressed confidence in Congress govt,” says Dr Yatheendra, Congress candidate from Varuna constituency & son of Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah.

11:45 AM: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge casts his vote in Basavanagar, polling booth no.108.

11:40 AM: Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot criticised PM Modi for praying at temples in Nepal. ” As there is model code of conduct in Karnataka, PM Modi planned to pray at temples in Nepal instead, just to influence voters.This is not a good trend for democracy.Why did he only choose today as the day?,” Ashok Gehlot said.

11:35 AM: Union Minister Ananth Kumar urges voters to vote in Karnataka Polls.

11:30 AM: Karnataka’s BJP Chief BS Yeddyurappa urges people to exercise their democratic right & cast vote as early as possible.

11:25 AM: HD Kumaraswamy and wife Anitha cast their vote in Ramanagara. Kumaraswamy is confident that JDS will cross the magic number on its own.

11:20 AM: ‘People of Karnataka know that they have to choose somebody from the state itself, we will win with majority in Badami’, says CM Siddaramaiah’s son to Times Now.

11:16 AM: 24 percent voting recorded till 11 AM. #KarnatakaElections2018

11:13 AM: Congress tweets for #NavaKarnatakaNirmana. #KarnatakaElections2018

11:10 AM: Film actors Ramesh Arvind, Ravichandran, also scion of Mysuru royal family Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar were among the prominent personalities to cast their votes early today.

11:05 AM: Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda along with wife Chennamma cast their votes at Paduvalahippe in Hassan district.

11 AM: Senior citizens were also seen in good numbers standing in queues at various polling stations to cast their votes early. #KarnatakaAssemblyElections2018

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10:55 AM: BJP chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa, and Pradesh Congress Committee G Parameshwara were among the first to cast votes in Shikaripura in Shivamogga and Yaggere in Tumakuru respectively.

10:50 AM: Sri Sri Ravishankar casts his vote. Voting underway in 222 constituencies in Karnataka.

10:47 AM: Congress spokesperson Brijesh Kalappa alleges EVM tampering.

10:44 AM: There was no dearth of excitement during the voting today in Karnataka. A differently abled person also arrived to vote at a polling booth in Badami.

10:40 AM: Election authorities said that moderate to brisk voting has been witnessed in 222 out of 224 seats where polling began at 7 am. People were seen standing in queues to cast their votes in the early hours of Saturday.

10:36 AM: Anil Kumble votes with his family. #KarnatakaElections2018

10:33 AM: Former Indian Skipper Rahul Dravid reaches with family to cast vote in Bengaluru. Dravid came with his wife Vijeeta.

10:30 AM: About 11 per cent polling was today recorded in the first two hours of voting in Karnataka.

10:25 AM: Cricketers Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble also cast their votes with their families in Bengaluru, reports Times Now.

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10:23 AM: “People have made their choice for a better future,” tweets BJP Karnataka’s Twitter handle.

 

10:20 AM: “Karnataka votes to reject misogynists today,” Congress tweets. #KarnatakaElections2018

10:13 AM: BJP Karnataka tweets and assures that Modi governance will fulfil the aspirations of voters.

10:10 AM: Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb urges voters to form a  “double engine” govt in Karnataka.

10:06 AM: This time, 4 former Karnataka CMs are in the fray, that includes current incumbent Siddaramaiah (Chamundeshwari and Badami seats), B S Yeddyurappa (Shikaripura in Shimoga), H D Kumaraswamy (Chennapatna and Ramanagara) and Jagadish Shettar (Hubli-Dharwad Central.)

10:03 AM: Congress leader R.V. Deshpande, who is the Medium and Heavy Industries Minister is the incumbent MLA from this seat. He will face K.R. Ramesh of JD(S) and Sunil V. Hegde of the BJP respectively to defend his seat.

10 AM: The biggest constituency in terms of area is the Haliyal seat located in Uttara Kannada district in north Karnataka.

9:58 AM: P.N. Krishnamurthy from Congress and R. Manjunatha from JD(S) will fight two-time BJP MLA S. Muniraju for Dasarahalli seat in Bengaluru Urban district.

9:56 AM: Dasarahalli seat in Bengaluru Urban district is the smallest constituency in terms of area. It measures just 8.91 sq km in size and has 2.3 lakh male and 2 lakh female voters.

9:53 AM: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge confident of Congress win in Karnataka. “We are confident. BJP will not win more than 60-70 seats maximum, forget getting 150. They are just dreaming of forming the Government,” says Kharge.

9:50 AM: JDS Supremo and former CM HD Deve Gowda expects govt to be made by JDS.

9:48 AM: Karnataka has over 5.06-crore electorate, including 2.56 crore men, 2.5 crore women and over 5,000 in third gender category.

9:45 AM: Polling is underway in 222 out of 224 seats in Karnataka which is witnessing a three-cornered contest among the ruling Congress, the BJP and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s JD(S).

9:42 AM: Voters allege interference in Dasarahalli near Bengaluru; claim polling staff interfering in voting. Times Now reported that booth Officer breached election code.

9:40 AM: Moorusavir Math’s Gurusidda Rajayogindra Mahaswami casts his vote in Hubli.

9:38 AM: BJP National General Secretary P Murlidhar Rao appeal to all Karnataka voters to come & vote in a big way.

9:35 AM: Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh tweets on Karnataka Assembly Polls.

9:33 AM: BJP urges the voters to turn out in large numbers and poll their votes in favor of BJP.

9:30 AM: JD(S)’s HD Deve Gowda, his wife Chennamma Deve Gowda, son HD Revanna & other family members cast their votes at polling booth no.244 in Holenarasipura town in Hassan district.

9:25 AM: Mysuru’s erstwhile royal Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar casts his vote as voting continues in Karnataka.

9:23 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged voters in Karnataka to come out in large number to cast their vote.

9:20 AM: Karnataka Minister KJ George cast his vote in Bengaluru, he is contesting from Sarvagnanagar constituency.

9:18 AM: Voting is being conducted across 26 of the 28 constituencies in Bengaluru.

9:16 AM: Karnataka Elections 2018: 10.6% voting registered till 9.15 AM 

9:14 AM: Polling in Bengaluru’s Raja Rajeshwari (RR) Nagar segment has been postponed to May 28 following the voter ID cards case and countermanded in the city’s Jayanagar seat following the death of BJP contestant B.N. Vijaya Kumar on May 4.

9:12 AM: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Chief Ministerial face B.S. Yeddyurappa was among the first to cast his vote in Shikaripura segment in Shivamogga district of Malnad region.

9:10 AM: BJP leader Poonam Mahajan tweets on Karnataka Assembly Polls.

9:08 AM: Voters names were missing at few booths earlier in the morning and women clad in burqa made to reveal their faces at a Belagavi polling booth.

9:06 AM: During the initial hour of voting, there were reports of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) malfunctioning in some booths; power crisis in a polling station in Rajajinagar seat.

9:04 AM: Voters stopped from casting ballot in Hebbal, polling officials turn off voting machines reports Times Now.

9:02 AM: JD(S)’s H. D. Deve Gowda casts his vote at polling booth no.244 in Holenarasipura town in Hassan district, says, ‘We expect a possibility of forming the government, we have done well.’

9:00 AM: Former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda casts his vote at polling booth no.244 in Holenarasipura town in Hassan district.

8:58 AM: Union Minister for Steel Birendra Singh votes. #KarnatakaElections2018

8:56 AM: Denizens of Bengaluru were seen lined up outside polling booths from 6.30 a.m. to beat the rush in casting their ballots as voting began at 7 a.m.

8:54 AM: 645 contestants (24 percent) have criminal cases registered against them. 25 per cent seats have been declared red alert constituencies. Hence, 56 assembly constituencies wherein three or more candidates with declared criminal cases are contesting in the Karnataka election.

8:52 AM: Of the 2,564 candidates analysed, about 883 (34 percent) are crorepati candidates. Congress has 207 (94 percent) crorepati candidates, while the BJP has 208 (93 percent) millionaire contestants, Janata Dal (United) also has 54 (77 percent) crorepati contestants.

8:50 AM: The majority mark for any party to form the government in Karnataka is 112 in the 225-member assembly. While elections are held for 224 seats, one member is nominated by the state governor from the Anglo-Indian community.

8:48 AM: JDS’s HD Kumaraswamy meets Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswami of Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math in Jayanagar.

8:46 AM: In Shivajinagar constituency, there are five Pink (Sakhi) polling booths in total. The pink polling booth concept is introduced to attract more women to vote.

8:44 AM: Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail(VVPAT) were dispatched from Smt. Kamala Bai Educational Institution to polling booths.

8:42 AM: 82,157 police personnel and home guards and 585 central forces companies have been deployed across the state ahead of the elections.

8:40 AM: Security has been beefed up in the state of Karnataka for the Assembly polls. Karnataka Director General and Inspector General of Police Neelamani N Raju has said that law and order situation in the state is under control.

8:38 AM: Votes will be counted and results declared on May 15.

8:36 AM: BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar casts his vote at Karnataka Reddyjana Sangha in Bengaluru’s Koramangala.

8:34 AM: BJP tweets to vote for development of Karnataka.

8:32 AM: BJP urges people to come and vote without fail.

8:30 AM: Karnataka BJP hails PM Modi for people’s participation in govt process.

8:28 AM: Earlier this morning, BJP Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa casts his vote in Shikarpur, Shimoga.

8:26 AM: “Please don’t forget to vote for a Nava Karnataka,” tweets BJP President Amit Shah.

8:24 AM: BJP President Amit Shah tweets that voting is the voice of the people living in a democracy. Urges voters to vote without fail.

8:22 AM: BJP Karnataka tweets about the festive atmosphere at all polling booths.

8:20 AM: For the first time in Karnataka, one all women-managed polling station (Sakhi) has been set up in all rural assembly constituencies and five in each urban constituency (totalling 600 polling stations).

8:18 AM: Karnataka BJP tweets on its Twitter handle.

8:16 AM: 82,157 people have been deployed for poll duty that include DSPs, home guards and civil defence, and forest guards and watchers. This also includes about 7,500 personnel from states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Kerala and Goa along with central forces.

8:14 AM: Bellary: BJP’s B.Sriramalu performed ‘gau pooja’ (cow worship) before casting his vote. He is contesting against CM Siddaramaiah from Badami constituency.

8:12 AM: State electoral authorities have taken certain new initiatives such as SMS-based polling station access, app-based polling station access and navigation and queue status facility for a few polling stations with higher voter population.

8:10 AM: Police have made elaborate security arrangements for the smooth conduct of polls that will go on till 6 pm. Counting of votes will take place on May 15.

8:08 AM: People cast votes at booth number 232 in Ramnagar.

8:06 AM: Earlier in the morning, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah tweets as polling is underway in the state today. “Karnataka is ready for the elections, where people especially youngsters will vote and democratically ask for the support. For continuous development and improvement in Karnataka, please vote for yourself,” tweeted Karnataka CM.

 

8:04 AM: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has tweeted today. “The voter turnout in Karnataka is a sign of dynamic democracy. I welcome all my young friends who are voting for the first time in Karnataka. People from Karnataka will be able to celebrate the largest festival of democracy with a great number of celebrations,” tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

 

8:02 AM: Out of the 224 seats in Karnataka Assembly, 36 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs), while 15 are for Scheduled Tribes (STs).

8:00 AM: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded 223 candidates, while Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) have fielded 222 and 201 seats respectively.

7:58 AM: Tight security is in place to ensure smooth and peaceful polling across the 224 assembly constituencies spread across 30 districts.

7:56 AM: Voting is yet to resume at the booth at booth number 108 in Hubli.

7:54 AM: In Hubli, Faulty Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine at booth number 108 is being replaced.

7:52 AM: The total voters including service electors according to the 2018 final rolls are 5,06,90,538, of whom 2,56,75,579 male voters, 2,50,09,904 female and 5,055 transgender voters.

7:50 AM:  Over 2,600 candidates are in the fray in the Karnataka polls– more than 2400 men and and over 200 women.

7:48 AM: Congress party tweets as voting continues in Karnataka. On its Twitter handle, Congress urges people to vote for Karnataka.

 

7:46 AM: Voters reach polling booths on Saturday morning to cast their ballots.

7:44 AM: Voting for 222 seats is underway in Karnataka, visuals from booth number.172 in BTM constituency in Bengaluru.

7:42 AM: Voters at a polling booth in Gulbarga South.

7:40 AM: People cast their vote at booth number 159-159 in Gulbarga South.

7:38 AM: Election for the Jayanagara seat in Bengaluru was countermanded following the death of BJP candidate and sitting MLA B N Vijaykumar.

7:36 AM: Polling for the high-stakes Karnataka assembly elections got underway this morning under a thick security blanket.

7:34 AM: The Janata Dal (Secular) is looking to establish itself once again in Karnataka politics and is expected to give a tough fight to both the BJP and the Congress.

7:32 AM: New voters are 15,42,000 in the 18-19 age group in the Karnataka Assembly Polls.

7:30 AM: People queue up at polling booth number 144 in Badami constituency. CM Siddaramaiah is contesting against BJP’s B.Sriramulu from here.

7:28 AM: Bengaluru people turn up in polling booths early in the morning to cast their votes.

7:26 AM: People cast their votes at a polling booth in Dommasandra B Munireddy School, located in BTM constituency in Bengaluru.

7:24 AM: Voting is being held in 58,008 polling stations of 30 districts across the state, with 600 of them as pink booths, manned by all-women personnel, and 28 ethnic booths.

 7:22 AM: The polling for Karnataka elections began at 58,546 polling stations each, equipped with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs). Polling will conclude at 6 pm.

7:20 AM: According to IANS, a single-phase polling began at 7.00 a.m. in 222 of the 224 assembly constituencies, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST).

7:18 AM:  Voting for the 224-member assembly began across Karnataka at 7 am today.

7:16 AM: #KarnatakaElections2018: Voters arrive to cast their vote at booth no. 123A in Puttur.

7:14 AM: Union Minister & BJP leader Sadananda Gowda casts his vote in Puttur.

7:11 AM: Yesterday, the BJP said the Election Commission’s order deferring polls to the R R Nagar seat in Karnataka and registration of a case against the Congress candidate was a “clear indictment” of the ruling party in the state and proved that it was “using money power to influence the Karnataka polls”.

7:09 AM: BJP Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa casts his vote in Shikarpur, Shimoga.

7:06 AM: A total of 4.97-crore electorate includes 2.52-crore men and 2.45-crore women. They will cast their ballots in 56,696 polling booths across the state amidst tight security, with 45,000 personnel from 585 the central and state forces deployed.

7:04 AM: Big test for BJP, Congress and JD(S) as voting begins in Karnataka.

7:02 AM: Voting for #KarnatakaElections 2018 begins.

6:53 AM: PM Narendra Modi tweets ahead of Assembly polls. “Urging my sisters and brothers of Karnataka to vote in large numbers today. I would particularly like to call upon young voters to vote and enrich this festival of democracy with their participation,” tweeted Modi this morning.

 

6:50 AM: “Certainly there will be increase in voting this time. They want to remove the Siddaramaiah government from Karnataka. People will come out in large numbers,” says BJP leader Sadananda Gowda.

6:47 AM: Preparations underway in St Mary’s English School in Mysore ahead of assembly polls in Karnataka.

6: 44 AM: BS Yeddyurappa visits temple in Shikarpur ahead of the assembly polls in Karnataka.

6:41 AM: BS Yeddyurappa says people are fed up with the Siddaramaiah government. He urged people to come out & vote for BJP. “I assure the people of Karnataka that I’m gonna give good governance,” says the BJP leader.

6:38 AM: BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa performs puja at his residence, ahead of the assembly polls in Karnataka.

6:35 AM: Karnataka BJP CM Candidate BS Yeddyurappa speaks ahead of polls. “It is an auspicious day, everyone should come out & vote. We (BJP) will get more than 150 seats & I’m gonna make the government on 17th May,” says Yeddyurappa.

Karnataka BJP CM Candidate BS Yeddyurappa

6:33 AM: Preparations underway in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi ahead of assembly polls, voting to begin at 7 am.

Preparations underway in Managaluru ahead of voting (ANI)

6:30 AM: Preparations begin for Karnataka Assembly Elections in Mangaluru.

Karnataka has over the 5.06-crore electorate, including 2.56 crore men, 2.5 crore women and over 5,000 in third gender category. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged voters in Karnataka to come out in large number to cast their vote. Some disruption in polling booths were recorded in Dasarahalli and Hebbal. EVM disruptions were also recorded.

 

 

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