The Bharatiya Janata Party has steadily increased its lead over the incumbent Congress in Karnataka and it looks set to form the state’s next government.
Karnataka is the only southern state the BJP has ruled before it ceded power to the Congress last term.
Leads put out by the Election Commission of India on the Karnataka Assembly results show BJP way ahead of the Congress with 114 seats to the incumbent party’s 55, while the JD(S) led in 37 seats.
Counting is on in 222 constituencies of the 224-seat Assembly. Voting was not held in two seats. Any party that touches 112 will get the clean majority to form government.
The trends have rubbished all exit polls which predicted a tight race between the two main rivals — BJP and Congress — in the Karnataka Assembly elections with the JD(S) emerging as a likely kingmaker.
BJP is clearly racing towards forming the state’s next government.