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After an eventfull polling in most of the assembly seats of Karnataka with cases of booth rigging, EVM tampering and mal-functioning reported here and there, the Karnataka polls have come to an end and the fate now lies in the hand of the counting centers who have started the process and will soon come up with the final verdict of who will build the next government in the state. Voting in the Karnataka assembly elections 2018 for 222 seats was held across the state on May 12, 2018, where 72.13 per cent of the 4.94-crore strong electorate exercised their franchise to decide the fates of 2,654 candidates, contesting for 222 seats out of 224 assembly constituencies.. The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in the state is facing a tough challenge from the BJP which has hopes to return to power in Karnataka, the only southern state it has ruled. However, the incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is highly confident about his party`s potential to retain the state by a huge majority.
During the promotions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed over 20 meetings in the last ten days of campaigning to bring forward the face of chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa. An equally aggressive Karnataka poll campaign by the Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, saw him touring across the state and interacting with voters from all walks of life.
On Friday, the Election Commission deferred voting in Bengaluru`s Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency, where nearly 10,000 voter cards were found in a flat, to May 28. Voting for another constituency in Bengaluru was postponed due to the death of the BJP candidate and the sitting legislator. The votes will be counted for 222 of the 224 seats next Tuesday, May 15.
Opinion polls have predicted that neither the Congress, nor the BJP will get the majority in the state and former Prime Minister HD Devegowda`s Janata Dal (Secular) will be the kingmaker.
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7.36 PM: CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury has also tweeted in support of the Congress-JD(S) alliance.
Same `rules` followed when state govts were formed in Goa, Manipur and Bihar recently, must be followed now. Sauce for the goose must be sauce for the gander! JD(S)-Congress are together, past the majority mark & must be called to form the govt and take the floor test #Karnataka
I congratulate each & every Karyakarta of @BJP4Karnataka unit and Shri B S Yeddyurappa ji for their relentless efforts. Like rest of the nation, the great land of Karnataka has shown their unwavering trust in PM @narendramodis clean, transparent and pro-development governance.
I thank my sisters and brothers of Karnataka for steadfastly supporting the BJPs development agenda and making BJP the single largest party in the state. I salute the stupendous work of @BJP4Karnataka Karyakartas who toiled round the clock and worked for the party.
5.12 PM: HD Kumaraswamy has sent a letter to the Karnataka Governor saying that he has accepted the Congress`s offer for support and is ready to stake claim as Chief Minister of Karnataka. He now seeks an appointment from the Governor.
4.25 PM: Siddaramaiah submits his resignation to the Governor of Karnataka
3.30 PM: HD Kumaraswamy is now the probabale CM candidate if BJP misses majority mark
JD(S) had always maintained that HD Kumaraswamy will be CM. As per results, we`re doing everything to keep BJP out of power. Congress has extended its support, we have accepted it. We will jointly go to meet Governor after 5.30 pm today: Danish Ali, JD(S) #KarnatakaElections2018pic.twitter.com/qCfgOhGM9t
12.57: Rajyavardhan Rathore`s staunch reply on Karnataka elections as a trailer of the upcoming General Assembly elections
This is the third straight defeat of Rahul Gandhi since he became President. He declared himself the PM candidate. Now if all opposition wants to unite toh hamare liye bhi ye theek hai,ki desh ki jitni gandagi hai vo ek saath hate: Rajyavardhan Rathore, Union Minister #Karnatakapic.twitter.com/j0vHNL86FO
12. 50: BJP Leader Ram Madhav on Karnataka Election mandate
I would like to thank the people of Karnataka for this mandate. Also, credit goes to the hard work of PM Modi and Amit Shah ji, as well as state leadership,party workers and RSS cadre. BJP`s southward march has begun: Ram Madhav,BJP #KarnatakaElections2018pic.twitter.com/Hxw7eEoDPf
12.42: BJP rejoice theire victory at Karnataka with Mega celebrations shortly, Union Minister of Human Resource and Development and BJP incharge in Karnataka to join the BJP office of Karnataka shortly
12.40: BJP is one its way to being`Congress-Mukht-Bharat`
12.34: BS Yeddyurappa is expected to leave for Delhi later this afternoon. The 75-year-old presumptive chief minister who headed the BJP`s first governmentin Karnataka in 2008, has already declared a "date" for his oath ceremony. This morning, he was seen performing a puja before the counting votes began. Mr Yeddyurappa, who is contesting from Shikaripura, the constituency in Shivamogga, is leading and is oevr 20,000 seats ahead of the Congress candidate.
12.27: Maharashtra Navanirmal Sena Chief Raj Thackeray on Karnataka Election Results:
12.08: Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman: Today is a historic day and we are celebrating. The prime minister has proved that only agenda of development works, divisive policy of the Opposition has failed today
11. 58: Know evrything about the new Chief Minister to be of Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa
11. 54: West Bengal CM, Mamata Banerjee on Karnataka election
Congratulations to the winners of the Karnataka elections. For those who lost, fight back. If Congress had gone into an alliance with the JD(S), the result would have been different. Very different
11.44: Union Minister Prakash Javdekar on BJP`s win In Karnataka Assembly Elections:
People of Karnataka want good governance, that is why they have chosen BJP. This is a big victory for the party. Congress is losing state after state & we are winning state after state: Prakash Javadekar, BJP Karnataka in-charge pic.twitter.com/ifgr278QRe
11.30: DK Shivkumar, Karnataka Minister on Congress is loss
Rahul Gandhi did his best, but it is we who have lost the elections. We, the local leadership, should have en-cashed it in a proper way & because of which we lost it: DK Shivkumar, Karnataka Minister on #KarnatakaElections2018pic.twitter.com/mTUCbrfO0V
11.19: Congress Leader Mohan Prakash on EVM tampering
I am saying it from day 1, there is no political party in India which has not raised questions on EVMs, even BJP has done it in the past. Now when all parties are doubting EVMs then what problem does BJP have in conducting polls through ballot?: Mohan Prakash,Congress pic.twitter.com/t70xtsaHoX
11.11 AM: " People have rejected Siddaramaiah" JD(S) Leader G T Devegowda
People have rejected Siddaramaiah. He lost because of his attitude, because of attacking everyone & because of his loose talk: GT Devegowda, JD(S) candidate who is leading over Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari by 17000 votes. pic.twitter.com/6Sw82tiBgs
10.50 AM: Chatisgarh Chief minister congratulates BJP on gaining majority in Karnataka Assembly elections
This is a historic win for BJP. I want to thank all the people of Karnataka for voting for us. Ab desh mein Congress khojo abhiyan chalega, kahaan rahegi pata nahi: Raman Singh, CM of Chhattisgarh. #KarnatakaElections2018pic.twitter.com/Fc9tao6paN
9.30: BJP has taken a lead in coastal Karnataka, with leads in 11 constituencies and in Lingayat dominant constituencies with 29 seats. Congress is leading on 6 seats in costal Karnataka and with 9 seats in Lingayat constituencies
9.00 AM: It is a close fight between BJP and Congress, with Congress leading on 75 seats and BJP leading on 77 seats at 9.02am.
8.30 AM: Siddaramaiah is leading in Badami while BJP`s heavyweight B Sreeramulu is trailing
8.00 AM: Counting has begun
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