Karnataka Election Results 2019 Highlights: The campaign had been intense, personal and no-holds-barred. While the Deve Gowda family is fighting for its prestige and relevance in the state, BJP is angling to add more seats to its kitty, and the Congress is fighting to stop the march of the BJP.
Meanwhile, according to Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sanjiv Kumar, almost all results will be out between 3 pm and 6 pm. “One round of counting takes 45 minutes. For five rounds, it will take 3.45 hours. In some cases, it can exceed four hours...We will have to count 40 VVPATs in every parliamentary constituency. So, between 3 pm and 6 pm, almost all the results should be out," he told reporters.
Counting of votes progresses at 28 centres across the state. Votes are going to be counted in 18 to 33 rounds depending on the size of the electorate and number of polling stations in a particular Lok Sabha constituency. Votes polled for assembly seats Chincholi and Kundgol those went to by-poll on May 19 are also counted on Thursday.
This time around, we bring you the important constituencies, the big fights, the do-or-die battles from all over Karnataka.
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In Mandya, the Congress-JD(S)coalition government and the Chief Minister himself is fighting a battle of prestige. While Kumaraswamy hopes to give his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy a perfect start for his political career, his opponent Sumalatha Ambareesh is hopeful of cashing in her husband's popular political legacy.
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Meanwhile, CM Kumaraswamy's father and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda is in the fray from Tumkur. The 86-year-old veteran hopes to garner some support for a bigger role at the national level, in case of a fractured mandate at the centre.
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Senior Congress leader from Gulbarga Karnataka Mallikarjun Kharge, has never tasted defeat across the 11 elections he has contested from here(including state legislative assembly elections), since the 1970s. It is an exciting contest to watch.
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Different from constituencies popular for hosting senior candidates, Bangalore South hit headlines as BJP fielded 28-year-old Tejasvi Surya as their youngest candidate for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Also Karnataka's BJP IT Cell head, Tejasvi was picked over Tejaswini, widow of former union minister Ananth Kumar from this constituency. He takes on Congress' Rajya Sabha MP B K Hariprasad in his debut contest.
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At Bangalore North, Congress minister Krishna Byre Gowda is expected to give tough competition to sitting MP D.V. Sadananda Gowda. A minister in the H D Kumaraswamy Cabinet, KBG, as he is known, is one of the most promising Vokkaliga leaders in the Congress and its urbane, suave face.
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Meanwhile, Bangalore Central expects a three-corner contest with multilingual actor Prakash Raj jumping into the fray as an independent candidate. The Congress, which holds five of the eight assembly segments of the Bangalore Central parliament constituency, is confident of overthrowing the BJP from the seat.
Also read: Bangalore Central: Will Congress unseat the BJP?
We also take a look at how Bengaluru went to vote across all the three constituencies and why the city has such a poor voter turnout.