Karnataka election results: Congress pulls ahead in early leads

Bengaluru: Counting of Karnataka votes began sharp at 8 am on Tuesday, May 15, to decide the fate of the southern state which, according to most exit polls, is looking at a hung Assembly.

The postal ballots were opened first and it showed the Congress was slightly ahead of the BJP.

Counting is on in 222 constituencies of the 224-seat Assembly. Voting was not held in two seats. Any party that touches 112 will get the clean majority to form government.

Exit polls have predicted a tight race between the two main rivals — BJP and Congress — in the Karnataka Assembly elections with the JD(S) emerging as a likely kingmaker.

Except Today’s Chanakya, all other exit polls indicated the possibility of a hung Assembly in the state. Today’s Chanakya predicted a near sweep by the BJP with 120 seats.

However, in almost all scenarios, the Janata Dal (Secular) emerges as a possible kingmaker. All polls predicted between 18 and 40 seats for the party which is fighting the polls in alliance with the BSP.

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