Karnataka Elections 2018 was witnessed on May 12 and today (May 15), the stage is set for counting of votes.
Though the BJP has emerged as the single largest party in the Karnataka Assembly elections with leads on 106 seats, it is still short of the half-way mark. According to reports published in several media websites, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is in talks with the JDS leadership for a post-poll alliance in the state.
Post the fear of defeat; Congress is trying its luck to form the government with an alliance with JD(S). Sources also said that HD Kumaraswamy of JD(S) also has been offered the post of CM. It is said that former AICC chief Sonia Gandhi herself is holding talks with JD(S) Supremo and former PM HD Deve Gowda to form an alliance.
Here we begin with live updates as counting of votes commences in each of the centres.
19.15: Karnatka Verdict : Mulbagal independent MLA lends support to Congress.
18:21: Narendra Modi along with Amit Shah will hold the party's parliamentary meet at 7 pm today to decide the future course of action
18:13: HD Kumaraswamy has said that the Governor told them that as to who will form the government only after EC formalizes the results
18:09: HD Kumaraswamy: We have submitted a letter to the Governor so as to form a government with the support of Congress. We have both submitted letters so as to seek the permission of the Governor (NDTV)
18:04: Siddaramaiah has said that AICC has decided to support JD(S) and that JD(S) will form government with the help of Congress.
18:01: Siddaramaiah and G Parmeshwara are addressing the media at Raj Bhawan
17:55: ANI has reported that BJP Parliamentary Board will meet at 7 pm at the party headquarters in Delhi today
17:52: Congress' M Veerappa Moily has said that JD(S) & Congress have enough numbers to form the government and BJP cannot form the government without achieving the required number of seats
17:49: JD(S) legislative party meeting called at 6:15 pm today in Bengaluru (ANI)
17:44: HD Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Mallikarjun Kharge are in discussions at the Raj Bhawan
17:36: G Parameshwara rushes to the Raj Bhavan along with a delegation of 10
17:33: According to NDTV, BS Yeddyurappa has said that they have come to the Raj Bhavan to seek claim. They believe that they need to get a chance to prove their majority and that is why they are at the Raj Bhavan. He has said that no time has been given to them and they just want a chance to prove majority on the floor of the house
17:29: JD(S)'s HD Kumaraswamy arrives at Raj Bhawan to meet Karnataka Governor (ANI)
17:23: BJP leaders BS Yeddyurappa , Ananth Kumar, Shobha Karandlaje and Rajeev Chandrasekhar have entered the Raj Bhavan (ANI)
17:16: Mamta Banerjee has called HD Devegowda and congratulated him for forming the government by joining forces with the Congress.
17:12: BS Yeddyurappa has shown confidence in being able to form a government and accomapnied by Ananth Kumar, has left for the Governor's House to stake claim for the same.
17:08: HD Kumaraswamy of the JD(S) leaves for Raj Bhavan to meet the Karnataka Government
17:05: Congress & JDS has 117 seats, we need 111 to form the government. Since we were in power, and we lost, we have given our support for a JDS led govt. BJP has 104, we are ahead of them : Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress
16:57: BS Yeddyurappa has taken an appointment with the Governor for 5 pm as they are the single largest party and should be given the right to form the government.
16:53: JD(S) spokesperson has reached outside Governer's house to seek an appointment between 5:30 - 6:00 p.m (NDTV)
16:45: Congress sources are not ruling out the possibility of a last minute twist in the happenings and therefore, sources have said that if the Governor doesn't invite JD(S) to form a government, they will go to court (FirstPost)
16:35: Congress' strongman DK Shivakumar has stated that the independent MLA Mr Nagesh and the other MLA's have agreed to support them.
16:25: HD Kumaraswamy has sent a letter to the governor informing him of accepting Congress' offer of support (TOI)
JD(S)'s HD Kumaraswamy seeks appointment from the Governor of #Karnataka this evening, writes we have accepted Congress's support to form the Government. #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/epuCqf4m17— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
16:22: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah wins Badami assembly seat, but loses in Chamundeshwari. JD(S)'s HD Kumaraswamy at HD Deve Gowda's residence in Bengaluru.
16.10: Siddaramaiah submits his resignation to Karnataka Governor: ANI
16.09: I condemn the attempts of Congress to tie up with JD(S) and get to power through the back door - BS Yeddyurappa
16.08: I thank the people of Karnataka for giving this mandate to the Bhartiya Janata Party. Congress is trying to come to power through back door, people will not tolerate this: BS Yeddyurappa
16.07: The people have rejected the Congress and accepted BJP. People are moving towards Congress mukt Karnataka: BS Yeddyurappa
BJP addresses the media in Bengaluru
16.02: Supporters gather outside JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda's residence in Bengaluru.
JD(S) leader Kumaraswamy is expected to address the media shortly
16.00: CM Siddaramaiah enters the Governor's house in Bengaluru.
15.52: A Congress delegation led by G Parameshwara, who had gone to the Governor's House, did not get entry, turned back.
15.50: Sensex loses 13 points to close just below 35,550; Nifty stays above 10,800 amid political uncertainty in Karnataka
15.40: Amit Shah rushes JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan & Prakash Javadekar to Bengaluru to stake claim for forming govt: ANI
15.35: Siddaramaiah to meet the Governor of Karnataka at 4 pm today. However, let's not forget BJP has launched its Operation Kamala. Karnataka Results
15.30: Congress-JDS combine have 113, for now
15.25: JD(S) to enjoy CM's post; Congress to get DC post and 20 Ministries, say sources
15.20: BS Yeddyurappa Delhi trip cancelled according to Republic TV
15.15: Congress leader DK Shivakumar confirms he is talking to the two independent candidates who are ahead in their constituencies
15.05: These figures are not final. Shortly we will know the final figures then I will consult the party leadership. Till then I don't want to talk about Congress or JD(S)
- BS Yeddyurappa
15.00: Congress-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka? Sensex gives up 400-point gain, Nifty below 10,800
14.56: We have spoken to HD Deve Gowda and HD Kumaraswamy and they have agreed. Hopefully we will meet the governor later in the evening. As trends show now, Congress and JD(S) allies together are more than the halfway mark.- Ghulam Nabi Azad
14.55: After a lot of ups and downs, Congress and JD(S) have finally sealed the deal. With Ramalinga Reddy arriving at Siddaramaiah's residence, the situation seems favourable for Congress. In a press meet, Siddaramaiah said, "Congress has decided to support the JD(S). JD(S) will form the government with our help," he added.
14.45: The win in Karnataka is dedicated to all party workers. I also congratulate the people of Karnataka-Yogi Adityanath, UP CM
14.35: BJP emerges single largest party in Karnataka, but likely to fall short of the majority mark
14.30: CM Siddaramaiah to meet the Governor of Karnataka at 4 pm today, reports ANI
14.25: Times Now quoting sources has reported that Congress has offered to make HD Kumaraswamy the CM. Congress and JDS together have more seats than the halfway mark . Their joint numbers are also more than that of BJP.
14.20: JD(S) may side with Congress, reports Times Now quoting sources
14.15: Sonia Gandhi in talks with HD Deve Gowda for an alliance in Karnataka
14.12: Congress and JDS in talks? Ramalinga Reddy of the Congress hints at it. JDS lays out a condition to make HDK as CM is the speculation. All this since BJP is short of the majority
14.10: Congress-JDS to approach governor, as BJP seems short of the majority (TOI)
13.55: Tight security across Hassan district following the fear of post-result violence
BJP's Nagendra secures 51,683 votes, defeats Vasu (who secured 36,743 votes) of Congress by a margin of 14,940 votes.
13.45:.Many of us have won the election, you cannot just write-off the Congress. It is, maybe, a setback and we will find out what caused this- Karnataka Minister KJ George
13.40: Harish Poonja of BJP wins by a margin of 22,974 votes against Vasanth Bangera of Congress in Belthangady
BJP CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa wins from Shikaripura seat by 35,397 votes
Sitting Congress MLA Channabasappa Sathyappa Shivalli retains Kundgol
13.33: BJPs Ashok Naik sweeps Shimoga Rural by 3777 votes
BJP at 109, Congress at 70, JDS 41
13.31: Did Raj Thackeray just take a dig at Brijesh Kalappa's tweet on election day about the EVM malfunction?
#KarnatakaVerdict— Raj Thackeray (@RajThackeray) May 15, 2018
It’s a victory for the ‘Electronic Voting Machine’ !
13.29: Congress heavyweight Krishna Byregowda wins from Byatarayanapura
BJP's Preetham Gowda pulls off a surprise victory in Hassan
13.25: J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti congratulates BJP as party inches close to majority mark
13.20: BJP candidate Viju Gowda threatening to commit suicide.
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13.18: 12 ministers in Siddaramaiah Cabinet taste defeat
13.15: Dinesh Gundu Rao of Congress leading by 6143 votes over his JDS rival V. Narayanasamy from Gandhi Nagar constituency
13.10: Congress is now opposing for the sake of it. In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, we will certainly win- Union Minister Nitin Gadkari
13.08: Vatal Nagaraj of Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha loses deposit for the third time
13.07: V Somanna of BJP wins against 1,000 crore assets worth Priya Krishna of Congress in Govindarajanagar
13.06: Rahul bhai is a leader in the ascent. 2019 will be a different ball game. The alliances are coming with him.- Navjot Singh Sidhu (ANI)
13.05: This is the third straight defeat of Rahul Gandhi since he became Congress president: Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore (ANI)
13.00: Historic win, says Rajnath Singh
BJP’s massive victory in Karnataka assembly poll is a testimony to our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visionary and astute leadership and the organisational abilities and acumen of our party president Shri @AmitShah . Congratulations to both of them on this historic win.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) May 15, 2018
12.55: This is the third straight defeat of Rahul Gandhi since he became President. He declared himself the PM candidate. Now if all opposition wants to unite toh hamare liye bhi ye theek hai,ki desh ki jitni gandagi hai vo ek saath hate: Rajyavardhan Rathore, Union Minister #Karnataka (ANI)
12.54: Karnataka Elections 2018: BJP leaders pour in to the headquarters to join the celebrations
12.53: Latest trends show BJP ahead in 108 seats, Congress in 72 and JD(S) in 40
12:50: NA Haris wins from Shanthinagar
Congress HY Meti defeated in Bagalakote
Congress Roshan Baig wins from Shivajinagar
12:45: BJP Parliamentary Board to meet at 6 pm at party headquarters in Delhi today: ANI
12.40: CM Siddaramaiah, who has lost from Chamundeshwari, is inching towards victory in Badami
Karnataka tourism minister Priyank Kharge leads by 6,438 votes over BJP's Valmiki Naik in Chittapur
Congress candidate Raje Gowda wins by 1,500 votes in Sringeri
12.35: Modi-Shah duo get a thumbs up from Tripura CM
Heartiest congratulations to the people of #Karnataka for reposing their unwavering faith in leadership of Shri @narendramodi ji, @AmitShah ji & @BSYBJP ji and giving a historic mandate to @BJP4Karnataka in the #KarnatakaElections2018 #BJPWinsKarnataka #SarkaraBadalisiBJPGellisi— Biplab Kumar Deb (@BjpBiplab) May 15, 2018
12.30: BJP MP Subramanian Swamy's reaction when asked about Congress raising questions on EVMs
12.25: Amit Shah magic works again, says Smriti Irani
The @AmitShah magic works again. Toiling day and night, from district to district, booth to booth; Hats off to him! Under the leadership of PM @narendramodi ji, our Party President @AmitShah ji creates history yet again in Karnataka.— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) May 15, 2018
12.22: BJP defeats Congress in Sullia
12.20: CM Siddaramaiah wins in Badami
12.15: Senior BJP leader KS Eshwarappa wins from Shivamogga
12.09: Congress concedes defeat in Karnataka according to TOI
12.05: Harish Poonja of BJP is leading by 15,450 votes after round 12 in Belthangady
BJP bags both seats in Kodagu district
Congress candidate H Anjaneya loses in Holalkere constituency
12.00: Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Nirmala Sitharaman celebrate at party headquarters in Delhi (ANI)
11.58: CM Siddaramaiah hangs on to his lead in Badami after 14th round
Prasad Abbayya of Congress wins from Hubbali-Dharwd East constituency
11.55: BJP candidate Suryakant Nagamarapalli loses to Congress candidate Raheem Khan in Bidar
Siddu Savadi of BJP wins in Terdal defeating Congress' Umashree
Congress' Lingayat card has backfired: Nirmala Sitharaman
11.53: Currently, BJP has won 31 seats, Congress has won 19 seats and JD(S) 8 seats
11.50: HD Kumaraswamy wins in Ramanagara with 19,745 difference
11.45: BJP parliamentary board will meet later today to put its stamp to the name of Yeddyurappa as chief minister of Karnataka. PM Narendra Modi will address party workers at the BJP headquarters in the evening. Party president Amit Shah will hold a press conference around 3pm.(TOI)
11.42: People of Karnataka want good governance, that is why they have chosen BJP. This is a big victory for the party. Congress is losing state after state & we are winning state after state: Prakash Javadekar, BJP Karnataka in-charge (ANI)
11.40: Historic win for BJP, says Ravi Shankar Prasad (Times Now)
11.36: People have rejected Siddaramaiah. He lost because of his attitude, because of attacking everyone & because of his loose talk: GT Devegowda, JD(S) candidate who is leading over Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari by 17000 votes. (ANI)
11.35: Vasundhara Raje credits Modi-Shah duo for win, says Karnataka has spoken.
History in the making as BJP emerges as the largest party in #Karnataka Assembly. Congratulate our inspiring leaders PM Shri @narendramodi and Shri @AmitShah ji who worked tirelessly to turn the tide. Karnataka has spoken! #KarnatakaElections2018— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) May 15, 2018
11.30: Rahul Gandhi did his best, but it is we who have lost the elections. We, the local leadership, should have en-cashed it in a proper way & because of which we lost it: DK Shivkumar (ANI)
11.28: Of the eleven constituencies in CM Siddaramaiah's home district of Mysuru, JD(S) looks set to improve its tally
Sathish Reddy wins Bommanahalli, Ravi Subramanya sweeps Basavanagudi and R Ashok wins Padmanabhnagar
Ballari going BJP's way; lead of over 8,000 votes now Gali Somashekhar Reddy leading by 8025 votes
11.25: Congratulations to the winners of the Karnataka elections. For those who lost, fight back. If Congress had gone into an alliance with the JD(S), the result would have been different. Very different: Mamata Banerjee
Congratulations to the winners of the Karnataka elections. For those who lost, fight back. If Congress had gone into an alliance with the JD(S), the result would have been different. Very different— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 15, 2018
11.19: Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah is likely to resign this evening following the Karnataka Assembly election results, where Congress has seen a humiliating defeat.
11.17: Anita Kumaraswamy arrives in Kumaraswamy's residence
11.15: BJP leads in all four seats in Gadag
Former CM Jagadish Shettar of BJP leading by 3,000 votes in Hubballi-Dharwad Central
11.12: BREAKING: CM Siddaramaiah defeated by JD(S) GT Devegowda in Chamundeshwari
11.10: BJP will comfortably score a majority. Siddaramaiah indulges in the political drama. Karnataka is already rejecting him and the Congress. Yeddyurappa will be made the CM.: Ashwath Narayan
11.08: BJP's Rajesh Naik, headed for a victory against B Ramanath Rai, lauds the hard work of party workers
BJP leaders celebrate as trends show party crossing halfway mark in Karnataka
11.05: BJP leaders celebrate as trends show party crossing halfway mark in Karnataka
11.00: Out of 222 seats, BJP is leading in 120 seats, Congress in 60, JD(S) in 40 seats and others in 2 seats
10.55: Siddaramaiah loses in Chamundeshwari with 22,000 seats
Congress' Zameer Ahmed Khan heading towards a comfortable victory in Chamarajpet
10.50: CM Siddaramaiah is now leading by 3,499 votes in Badami
BJP crosses simple majority in leading with 120 in Karnataka Assembly elections
Kumar Bangarappa of BJP leading in Soraba with a more than 7,000 difference
10.45: All Congressmen must be blamed for party's defeat: DK Shivakumar
10.42: Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandreshekar joins at the BJP Headquarters
10.40: HD Kumaraswamy leading in Channapatna with more than 15,000 votes
Siddaramaiah's son maintains a healthy lead in Varuna
Siddaramaiah is trailing behind BJP's Sriramulu by 400 votes in Badami
10.38: After round 9, Bharath Shetty of BJP is leading by 18,535 votes in Mangaluru North
S Angara of BJP is leading by 13,914 votes in Sullia after round 9
BJP continues to maintain lead in Soraba and Sagar constituencies
10.32: BJP's CT Ravi leading by over 11,000 votes in Chikmagalur
BJP's Bharath Shetty is leading by 15,203 votes in Mangaluru North
In Hungund, Congress' Kashappanavar is ahead of BJP's Patil by over 2000 votes
10.30 After fifth round of counting, BJP is leading in Nanjangud segment
Bharath Shetty of BJP is leading by 15,203 votes in Mangaluru North
Close fight between Siddaramaiah and Sriramulu in Badami.
10.29: Former CM Sadananda Gowda roots for BS Yeddyurappa as CM
10.27: Sensex jumps 350 points, Nifty50 above 10,900 as BJP leads Karnataka vote count tally
10.25: BJP's CT Ravi is leading by over 7,000 votes in Chikmagalur
CM Siddaramaiah is trailing in Badami too, Sriramulu leads by 305 votes
Congress candidate NA Haris is trailing in Shanthinagar
10.20: BJP takes lead on 95 seats, Congress ahead on 46, JD(S) on 37, Others 03
10.18: BJP leads in Udupi constituency
Mahesh Kumathalli of Congress leads in Athani
BJP maintains a healthy lead in Chamaraja
10.15: BSP supremo Mayawati urges JD(S) leader Deve Gowda to ‘stand against BJP', reports Times Now quoting sources
10.10: BJP workers celebrate lead in Karnataka
10.05: Siddaramaiah, who is trailing heavily in Chamundeshwari, is leading by a narrow margin of 1,855 votes in Badami
BJP candidate Araga Jnanendra is leading by over 20,000 votes in Thirthahalli
BJP candidate from Mulki-Moodbidri flashes a victory sign as he enters the counting centre
10.03: There is no question of alliance with JD(S) as we are already crossing 112 seats: SADANANDA GOWDA, BJP
10.02: BJP leading to 85 seats, Congress on 47, JD(S) ahead on 35 seats, Others 02
9.55: Mount Carmel College has deployed security personnel outside the college
9.54: Neck-and-neck fight between Congress candidate Kashappaavar and BJP's Doddanagouda in Hungund
Congress' B Ramanatha Rai trailing in Bantval
9.52: After round 11, BJP candidate Umanath Kotian is leading by 24,524 votes in Moodbidri against Abhaychandra Jain of Congress
9.50: BJP registers first win of Karnataka Assembly elections with Umesh Kotian defeating Abhaychandra Jain of Congress in Moodubidri by 22,000 votes
9.49: BJP leads in Padmanabhnagar, Govindrajnagar and Vijaynagar. JD(S) ahead in Basavanagudi
9.48: HD Kumaraswamy of JD(S) leads by over 7000 votes in Ramanagara, he is also leading from Channapatna
DK Shivakumar of Congress is leading by 5,100 votes in Kanakapura
R Ashok of BJP leading in Padmanabhanagar
9.47: Out of 217 seats, BJP is leading in 95 seats, Congress in 77 seats, JD(S) in 41 seats and others in 2 seats
9.45: Independent candidate Varthur Prakash is trailing in Kolar
Minister Ramalinga Reddy is leading from 11,272 votes in BTM Layout
9.42: Congress' Priyanka Kharge leads in Chittapur by a narrow margin
Congress trailing in Mysuru and Mumbai-Karnataka regions
9.41: Sensex jumps 200 points as BJP gains the early lead in Karnataka election, Nifty above 10,800; D-Mart gains 6% (Times Now)
9.40: These are initial trends, we hope Congress will form the Govt in Karnataka and are confident of it, but yes all options (allying with JDS) are open: Ashok Gehlot, Congress (ANI)
9.34: Current MLA Madhu Bangarappa of JD(S) is trailing in Soraba against his brother Kumar Bangarappa
JD(S) rebels and now Congress candidates Zameer Ahmed Khan and Akhanda Srinivas are leading
BJP's Suresh Kumar leads in Rajajinagar
9.30: In one and half hours, the BJP has managed to lead in 100 seats according to TV9
9.29: In Coastal Karnataka, BJP is leading in 15 seats, Congress in 7 seats and JD(S) in 1 seat
Yeddyurappa is leading with more than 11,000 votes in Shikaripura
Raghupathi Bhat of BJP is leading in Raghupathi Bhat
9.28: "We are confident that Congress will form the government", says Ashok Gehlot, Congress
9.26: Congress gives a hint of alliance with JD(S)
JD(S) is ready for an alliance with parties with like-minded principles, say sources
9.25: Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy is leading in BTM Layout
Krishna Byre Gowda of Congress is leading in Byatarayanapura
9.23: Out of 194 seats, BJP is leading in 86 seats, Congress in 78 seats and JD(S) in 30 seats
9.21: It is the result day and it is also Congress strongman DK Shivakumar's birthday today. Supporters have gathered at his home with a cake and are closely monitoring the results.
9.20: BJP candidate BS Yeddyurappa still ahead in Shakirpur
9.19: With 83 seats BJP is leading in Karnataka. Congress is right behind leading in 77 seats and JD (S) in 33 seats.
9.18: Dinesh Gundu Rao of Congress is leading in Gandhinagar
JD(S) candidate Jeevijaya is leading in Madikeri
BJP candidate Malikaiah Guttedar leading in Afzalpur
9.16: Election Commission refuses entry of media persons into the counting centres in Tumakuru, Madikeri, Bidar, Vijayapur
9.15: Siddaramaiah trailing in Chamundeshwari in the fourth round of counting
9.13: JD (S) may be the deciding factor in Karnataka, asserts Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy
BJP's Umanath Kotian leads Congress candidate Abhaychandra Jain by over 12,000 votes in Moodbidri
BBMP Mayor Sampath Raj confident of win
9.12: BJP is leading in Lingayat-dominated seats, show trends
9.10: BS Yeddyurappa leads in Shikaripura
E Tukaram of Congress is leading by over 2,000 votes in Sandur
JD(S) leader HD Kumarswamy ahead of rival Iqbal Hussain of Congress in Ramanagara
9.04: Minister Umashree is leading in Terdal by 146 votes
In Chamundeshwari CM Siddaramaiah is trailing by 2120 votes
Priyakrishna of Congress is trailing in Govindarajanagar
9.03: S Angara of BJP ahead in Sullia after the first round of counting
Ajay Singh of Congress, son of former CM Dharam Singh, trailing in Jewargi
Congress candidate Raje Gowda is leading in Sringeri.
9.00: BJP CM candidate BSY offers prayers
8.56: Out of 206, BJP is leading in 92, Congress in 88 and JD(S) in 26
8.58: JD(S) leads in Old Mysuru region
JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy leading in Ramanagaram
Kagodu Thimmappa of Congress is leading in Sagar and BJP's controversial leader Haratalu Halappa is trailing
Mallikarjun Kharge's son Priyank Kharge is trailing in Chittapur
8.49: 49 minutes into counting, the tables have turned in favour of BJP with them leading in 69 seats of 222
8.48: Out of 169 seats, BJP is leading in 77, Congress in 67 and JD(S) in 25 seats
Former CM and JD(S) State President HD Kumaraswamy is leading in Ramanagara
8.46: Sriramulu of BJP is leading in Molakalmuru
In Kodagu, BJP candidates are ahead in both the constituencies
8.45: BJP takes a narrow lead for the first time today. Times Now reports a neck-and-neck fight between BJP and Congress with JDS far behind.
8.43: In Mumbai Karnataka, Congress is leading in 11 seats, BJP in 10 seats and JD(S) in 1 seat
In Old Mysuru, JD(S) is leading in 12 seats, Congress in 5 seats but BJP has not opened its account yet
8.40: Out of 160 seats, BJP is leading in 71 seats, Congress in 66 and JD(S) in 23 seats
In Central Karnataka, BJP is leading in 9 seats, Congress in 3 seats
8.36: Siddaramaiah takes lead in Badami but still trailing heavily in Chamundeshwari
BJP's KS Eshwarappa is leading in Shivamogga
Congress candidate Kagodu Thimmappa is leading in Sagar
8.32: Jyothi Ganesh of BJP leads in Tumakuru
JD(S) leader HD Revanna leads by over 2,000 votes in Holenarasipur
Congress leader Roshan Baig leading in Shivajinagar
8.31: Congress candidate KJ George is leading in Sarvagnanagar and JD(S) candidate Javarayigowda is leading in Yeshwanthpur, show early trends
8.30: Congress is leading in 43 seats, BJP in 36 seats and JD(S) in 11
8.28: According to Times Now report, Congress is leading with 43 seats, BJP right behind them with 36 and JD (S) with 11 seats.
8.25: According to TOI, Shantinagar Congress candidate NA Haris leads by 58 votes in postal ballots
8.15: These pics are HD Kumaraswamy along with wife Anita offering prayers at a temple.
8.12: As counting begins across polling centres, Congress has shown a great start.
8.10: Sidda's Badami contender Sriramulu seeks divine blessings
08:05 AM: The Congress chief, Rahul Gandhi, has called a meeting with senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot ahead of the results, reported Times Now.
8:00 AM: Additional steps are being taken to ensure safe counting
#Visuals from a counting center (Maharani College) in Bengaluru ahead of counting of votes for #KarnatakaElections2018; additional security has been deployed across 38 counting centres in the state pic.twitter.com/ehXdk6hvgr— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018