Karnataka Assembly polls 2018: Wait for May 15, says HD Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Assembly polls 2018: Wait for May 15, says HD Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Assembly polls 2018: Wait for May 15, says HD Kumaraswamy

More than 49 million people were eligible to vote in Karnataka - the last major bastion of the Congress party.

But they say it will fall short of winning a majority in the 224-member assembly.

Yeddyurappa also said, "Within 24 hours of me becoming Chief Minister, I will waive off loans like promised in our manifesto". If exit polls are to be believed, Karnataka is headed for a cliffhanger.

All exit polls gave the Janata Dal (Secular) almost two dozen seats or more, which could make it the kingmaker if there is a hung Assembly.

Just a couple of weeks back, experts were painting a rosy picture for the Congress and going by Rahul Gandhi's demeanour and statement-I am ready to be Prime Minister if Congress came out on top in 2019-winds were sailing in their favour.

For the thousands of government officials, security personnel and administrative staff, ensuring that this festival of democracy goes off smoothly is a challenge. "I would particularly like to call upon young voters to vote and enrich this festival of democracy with their participation", the prime minister said on Twitter. As has been the practice, no sooner did the voting end, the TV channels began to flash its own exit poll predictions. The Election Commission (EC) said that voter turnout recorded was 70 percent, compared to 71.4 percent in 2013 elections in Karnataka.

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High daytime temperatures that touched 42 degrees Celsius was another factor that kept voters away from the booths in several north Karnataka districts where the dominant Lingayat community holds sway.

Voting in two of the constituencies, RR nagar and Jayanagar, had been deferred. The BJP has declared B S Yeddyurappa as its chief ministerial candidate.

Overall, Bengaluru continued its poor show on polling day, with Bengaluru South recording a disappointing 52.8%, while Bengaluru North didn't fare any better with only 53.21% voters queuing up on Saturday.

Kalaburagi: Most of the residents of Chittapur taluk's Tarkaspet village in Kalaburagi district are boycotting the state assembly elections in Karnataka taking place on Saturday. Polling for this seat is scheduled for May 28, while counting of votes will take place on May 31. Meanwhile, wheelchairs were also made available in some stations, with youth volunteers engaged for the assistance of differently-abled voters.

A single-phase polling was held in 222 constituencies, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST) and 26 in Bengaluru from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Votes will be counted on Tuesday and exit polls and other surveys have often been wrong in India.

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