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Karnataka Election 2018 highlights: Polling ends, 70% voter turnout till 6 pm

Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 Highlights: 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. 

Written by Aaron Pereira , Vishnu Varma , Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 12, 2018 10:56:26 pm
Karnataka assembly elections 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Karnataka Election 2018: At least 4.97 crore citizens are eligible to vote on Saturday. Polling will be held in 222 constituencies of the 224-member Assembly.

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.

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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.

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Karnataka assembly elections 2018: BJP, Congress JD(S) locked in a close fight, here are the Highlights

21:23 (IST)12 May 2018
Five incidents of violence reported across Karnataka

Karnataka police has reported five incidents of violence - two in Bengaluru district, one each in Vijayapura, Hassan and Bengaluru city. Four people have been injured in these incidents. Meanwhile, an old woman attempted suicide at a polling station in Devagiri village of Haveri district as she was upset on not having basic facilities in her village. The 58 year-old woman had come to vote and attempted to commit suicide by pouring kerosene. Then, police and revenue authorities tried to disuade ger and brought the matter under control. She finally cast her vote and went home.

21:16 (IST)12 May 2018
EC denies rigging of EVM in favour of BJP in Hebbal polling station

EC denies rigging of EVM in favour of BJP in Hebbal polling station where repolling will take place on May 14. The matter under technical investigation, said CEO Sanjiv Kumar. "After 63 votes, the EVM malfunctioned and when button number 2 was pressed, which was for Congress, the vote went to number 9 that had a symbol of arrow mark an independent," the CEO said.

20:53 (IST)12 May 2018
Liquor worth Rs 24.83 crore seized, says CEO

CEO Sanjiv Kumar said cash worth Rs 91.58 crore was seized while Rs 24.83 crore worth liquor was impounded. Gold and silver worth Rs 44.28 crore, drugs worth Rs 40.18 crore and other assets worth Rs 65.97 crore have been impounded. Speaking on the repolling at the Lettegollahalli polling booth in Hebbal constituency, Kumar said, "63 people have already cast in Hebbal. They will also be allowed to vote again on May 14. They will be inked again in the alternative finger.'

20:38 (IST)12 May 2018
Youngsters, senior citizens, women have voted in large numbers, says CEO

Youngsters, senior citizens and women have voted in large numbers, says CEO Sanjiv Kumar. 212 ballot units, 340 control units and 698 EVMs and VVPATs were replaced in the mock trial, he said.

20:28 (IST)12 May 2018
Election Commission begins press conference

20:08 (IST)12 May 2018
BJP headed towards landslide victory, says Yeddyurappa

BJP chief ministerial candidate Yeddyurappa expresses gratitude to the people for voting in large numbers. "Gratitude to the people of Karnataka for voting in large numbers today. BJP is headed towards a landslide victory with all your blessings and support," he tweeted.

20:01 (IST)12 May 2018
Rs 94 crore cash seized, says EC

Election Commission says total cumulative gross seizure of cash was Rs 94 crore, liquor worth Rs 24.78 crore and various inducements like sarees, vehicles, dhotis, utensils, electronic gadgets worth Rs 66 crore till Saturday. "This is more than eight times the seizures made in last assembly election," ANI quoted EC as saying.

19:58 (IST)12 May 2018
Election Commission press conference soon
19:57 (IST)12 May 2018
Siddaramaiah thanks election staff and officers

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah thanked all the officers and staff connected with conducting the election for their hard work and sincerity. 

19:40 (IST)12 May 2018
BJP will form government with full majority, says Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath exuded confidence of a victory for BJP in Karnataka. Talking to media persons here, he said BJP will form the next government in Karnataka "with full majority". Adityanath said that people there "were fed up of the divisive, communal politics of the Congress" and had decided to "punish it" by voting against it. "Farmer distress in that state is at its peak, maximum number of farmer suicides have been reported from there and ministers are distributing money to lure voters but they are on their way out," he said.

19:30 (IST)12 May 2018
19:26 (IST)12 May 2018
Times Now predicts 38.4% vote share for Congress

Times Now-VMR exit polls project BJP will have a vote share of 34. 6 per cent, Congress 38. 4 per cent and JD(S) 19.8 per cent. Congress has never won less than 35% of the votes in the state, in Lok Sabha or Vidhan Sabha elections. Even in 2014, the Congress, which had been in power in Karnataka for a year by then, survived the Modi wave to some measure and managed to win 41.15 per cent vote share.

19:07 (IST)12 May 2018
Poll of polls predict hung house

Here is the poll of exit polls prediction. BJP will emerge as the single largest party with 98 seats. Congress will come as a close second with 88 seats while the JD(S) may truly become the kingmaker as it is predicted to win 33 seats.

18:58 (IST)12 May 2018
70% voter turnout recorded till 6 pm

Total turnout figure recorded till 6 pm in Karnataka is 70 per cent, says Election Commission. In the 2013 elections, Karnataka recorded the second highest voter turnout in 35 years with a polling percentage of 71.29. However, some voters were still standing in queue even at 6 pm. The turnout figures are likely to go up.

18:55 (IST)12 May 2018
NewsX and ABP both predict BJP will be single largest party

Newsx-CNX predicts 102-106 seats for BJP, 72-75 seats for Congress and 35-38 for JD(S). ABP, in its exit polls, has predicted 97-106 seats for BJP, 87-95 for Congress and 21-30 for JD(S).

18:50 (IST)12 May 2018
ABP News-CVoter has predicted 97 to 109 seats for BJP

ABP News-CVoter has predicted 97 to 109 seats for BJP, while it has given Congress 87-99 seats. It has estimated JD(S) will win 21-30 seats only.

18:40 (IST)12 May 2018
Republic TV predicts BJP win

Republic TV-Jan ki Baat, on the other hand, has forecasted that BJP will form its second government in Karnataka. It has given 95-114 seats for the BJP and 73-82 seats for Congress. It has predicted JD(S) will win 32-43 seats.

18:39 (IST)12 May 2018
Times Now-VMR estimates 90-103 seats for Congress

Times Now-VMR exit polls give an edge to Congress with an estimated 90-103 seats. It has predicted 80-93 seats for BJP and 31-39 for JD(S). 

18:38 (IST)12 May 2018
Re-polling at Hebbal booth number 2 on Monday

The Election Commission has ordered repolling at the Lettegollahalli polling booth in Hebbal constituency on Monday between 7am and 6pm.

18:36 (IST)12 May 2018
India Today-Axis My India predicts 106-118 seats for Congress

The first exit poll survey is out. India Today-Axis My India predicts 106-118 seats for Congress, 22-30 to 30 for JD(S), 1-4 seats for others, 79-92 seats for BJP. 

Karnataka Elections 2018: While polling will take place on May 12, counting of votes has been scheduled for May 15. Karnataka Elections 2018: Results of the elections will be declared on May 15.

The state of Karnataka goes to polls Saturday in what is seen as a precursor to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The Congress looks to repeat its 2013 victory — it had won 120 seats in the House — while the BJP hopes to recover lost ground. The JD(S) may play kingmaker in the event of a hung Assembly. In the 2013 elections, the Congress had wrested power from the first BJP government in south India. Then, the BJP government was marred after chief minister B S Yeddyurappa was sent to jail on corruption charges and eventually quit the BJP to form his own party. In the elections that followed, the Congress, riding high on BJP anti-incumbency, swept to power winning more than 120 seats. The BJP and JD(S) won 40 seats each. Results of the elections will be declared on May 15.

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