Karnataka Election 2018 LIVE: Will Congress be reduced to a ‘PPP (Punjab, Puducherry and Parivar)’ party as prophesied by PM Narendra Modi or will BJP form its 22nd government? These questions will be answered as people exercise their franchise in the Karnataka Assembly polls. Voting, which began on a moderate note, gathered momentum in the afternoon as the deadline neared. Voting has been peaceful by and large barring a few incidents of some non-functional EVMs, missing voter names and procedural delays. Congress spokesperson Brijesh Kalappa kicked up a storm after alleging that an EVM at a polling booth was registering votes only for the BJP’s ‘Lotus’ symbol irrespective of which button was pressed. Congress and BJP workers were also locked in minor scuffles at some places, accusing each other of trying to bribe the voters.
Karnataka is the only state the BJP has ever won in the southern part of the country. The outcome of the Assembly polls is likely to have a major bearing on the future course for both parties. The JD(S), fighting for political relevance, completes the three-cornered contest in Karnataka and may well play kingmaker in the event of a hung Assembly.