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Karnataka polls counting underway, BJP leading on 74 seats, Congress on 68

Counting of votes is underway for Karnataka Assembly Election 2018.  As per the early trends, BJP is leading on 74 seats and Congress on 68.

As counting began for the Karnataka Assembly elections, Congress and challenger BJP are on the edge with the contest being dubbed as the semifinal for the 2019 General Elections. The Karnataka assembly poll results are expected to be out by the afternoon with early trends trickling in within an hour of the beginning of counting of votes. With several exit polls predicting hung assembly, the Congress has dispatched senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot to the southern state.

Polling was held for 222 of the state’s 224 constituencies on May 12 following the countermanding of election for the Jayanagara seat due to the death of BJP candidate B N Vijaykumar, and deferment of voting for R R Nagar seat over allegations of electoral malpractices. Over 72% of the 4.96 crore voters exercised their franchise.

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