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Karnataka election results 2018 LIVE: BJP, Congress both confident of a win; JD(S) hopes pinned on hung assembly

Karnataka election 2018 LIVE results will be announced today. The fight between the ruling Congress, led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, in the southern state and the opposition BJP is likely to be closely contested, as per the exit polls.

Karnataka election 2018 results will be announced today. The fight between the ruling Congress, led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, in the southern state and the opposition BJP is likely to be closely contested, as per the exit polls. An interesting Karnataka-specific fact that no party has come back to power since 1985 is not something that the Congress would like to be reminded of today.

Karnataka assembly elections this year has seen an intense campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the star campaigner for the BJP in the final stages leading to the vote on May 12. If PM Modi’s magic works, Karnataka can see the return of BS Yeddyurappa, who leads the BJP in the state as the chief minister. But it’s the Deve Gowda’s Janta Dal (S) or JDS, which will be hopeful to find itself in a position of deciding who comes to power, if neither the BJP nor the Congress gets a full majority.

If anything, the exit polls leading to the election result day has reflected how close the results are going to be. India Today – Axis My India poll has found the Congress to have a slight advantage over the BJP. But, there are other exit polls which have placed its bet on the BJP. The BJP’s state leadership, however, is fully confident that it will trump Siddaramaiah’s Congress.

So much so, that Yeddyurappa has even said he will take the oath on May 17th. Yeddyurappa expects the party to bag 125 to 130 seats, which would mean the BJP would comfortably cross the halfway mark of 112 seats. Siddaramaiah, however, is equally confident that his party will pass the incumbency test and return to power.

In fact, after the election campaign got over, he told his party workers to enjoy the weekend and not worry about the exit polls. He dismissed exit polls as “entertainment”.

Here are the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 Live Updates:

8:00 am: Security is tight in the state of Karnataka on the election results day. Over 50,000 security personnel are deployed across the 38 counting centres in the state, with 11,000 in Bengaluru alone. Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat told ANI that Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) are deployed in all counting centres to ensure law and order.

7:50 am: According to the India Today-Axis My India exit poll, Congress is likely to return to power and emerge as the single-largest party in the state. The exit poll result suggests that the Congress may find itself in a position to form the government without the support of JD(S). The India Today-Axis My India exit poll found Congress could win between 106 and 118 seats while the BJP could win 79-92 seats. The JD(S) is likely to win between 22 and 30 seats, which means it could call the shots on who comes to power in Karnataka.

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