70 pc turn out in K'taka Assembly polls

Erika Holt
May 13, 2018

Times Now put the likely tally of the JDS at 31-39 while India Today put its figure at 22-30 seats. "Please wait till May 15th afternoon (when the results would be out)", he remarked.

Tight security is in place to ensure smooth and peaceful polling that is underway across the 222 seats out of 224 assembly constituencies.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission on Friday deferred the poll in Rajarajeswari Nagar constituency in Karnataka to May 28.

Another poll by India Today TV, released after voting closed on Saturday, predicted 106-118 seats for the Congress party in Karnataka, which is the only place in South India where the BJP has ever managed to win control of the state government. The BJP needs to compensate from other areas the seats that it might lose in its strongholds in northern Indian states, particularly Uttar Pradesh.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Saturday that he was "very confident" of the ruling Congress retaining power in the southern state by winning over 120 seats.

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When asked about his opponent's statement, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told ANI: "Yeddyurappa is mentally disturbed".

While most candidates, including chief minister Siddaramaiah, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) chief minister aspirant BS Yeddyurappa and Janata Dal (Secular)'s HD Kumaraswamy visited temples before casting their votes, others were more particular. Over 2,600 candidates are in the fray, including 219 women. There are a total of 5,06,90,538, voters of whom 2,56,75,579 male voters, 2,50,09,904 female and 5,055 transgender voters. As the voting ended the results of exit polls presented a conflicting picture. As many as 82,157 security personnel, including home guards, civil defence volunteers and forest guards, were called in.

Though it's upto individual pollsters to follow their own methodologies in order to arrive at seat projections, it would seem that their methodology is heavily influenced by the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, and not really based on the trends in assembly elections. "Other items, including saris and other consumable products, worth Rs 66 crore, were also confiscated".

The BJP and its allies are now in power in 22 of India's 29 states, but after Karnataka, three more state elections will fall due by the end of the year.

Ramanagara district recorded the highest voter turnout with 80% while Bengaluru averaged around 50%, thus maintaining its record of polling one of the least votes and bringing down the state average.

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