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Karnataka Assembly Election Result 2018 LIVE updates: EC dismisses reports of postal ballots recovered in Badami

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07:27 (IST)

11,000 police personnel deployed in Bengaluru

Ahead of counting of votes in Karnataka on Tuesday, 11,000 police personnel, one Rapid Action Force (RAF) company and 20 Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) companies have been deployed in Bengaluru, reported ANI. 






07:24 (IST)

BS Yeddyurappa, Siddaramaiah's behind the scenes battle for CM's post highlights divisions in BJP and Congress

 The 75-year-old Lingayat strongman of the BJP, BS Yeddyurappa, is firm he will take the oath of office before the week is out. He gives the BJP 125-130 seats, and insists the Congress will not cross 70 seats. Siddaramaiah is the last Congress chief minister in the state, he added with a dramatic flourish. In fact, he told the media on Sunday that he was willing to write out the BJP tally on a piece of paper sitting in his puja room.

The numbers get reversed when you hear the Congress side. People close to Siddarmaiah put the Congress figure at 107, and hope it could surge to 120. Siddaramaiah, all through the campaign, was emphatic that he, and no one else, will be chief minister after 15 May.






07:20 (IST)

Visual of BJP candidate for Badami, B Sreeramulu praying ahead of counting






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07:19 (IST)

50,000 security personnel deployed across Karnataka ahead of counting 

50,000 police personnel have been deployed across 38 counting centres in state with 11,000 in Bengaluru alone. One Rapid Action Force (RAF) company and 20 Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) companies have also been deployed in Bengaluru, reported ANI.






07:15 (IST)

CAPF, security personnel deployed in counting centres, says EC chief OP Rawat

"We have deployed Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in strong rooms. Adequate security personnel will be there at all counting centres to ensure law and order is maintained," said Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat.






07:13 (IST)

Visuals from a counting centre in Kalaburagi






07:13 (IST)

Meanwhile, BS Yeddyurappa declares date for oath-taking ceremony

Ahead of the results of the Karnataka Assembly election on Tuesday, BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa is so confident that his party will sweep the polls, that he has already announced 17 May as the date for his oath-taking ceremony, reported NDTV. Some reports also suggested that a stadium has been booked for the same. 






07:03 (IST)

Visuals from Maharani College counting centre in Bengaluru






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07:01 (IST)

WATCH: Preparations at Yadgir counting centre, EC deploys 270 employees 

All preparations are in place at the Government Junior College building in Yadgir where 270 employees have been deployed and 52 tables have been set up in 8 counting centres for four Assembly constituencies in the district.

Input by Ravi Kumar Naraboli/101Reporters






06:57 (IST)

EC issues clarification on reports of postal ballots discovered in a hostel room in Badami

Reports on Monday emerged about a large number of postal ballots being discovered in a hotel room in Badami. The Election Commission issued a clarification on Tuesday morning that an investigation by the Tahsildar and the Assistant Returning Officer yielded only two pages of instructions on how to exercise postal ballot but no postal ballots.

The statement noted that journalists staying at the home who claim to have seen postal ballots in the room were not able to provide evidence of the same. The letter noted that these unverified rumours violated the dignity of the electoral process during a time when officials were busy with counting.

Input by 101Reporters






06:47 (IST)

Re-polling held in Kushtagi, Lottegollahalli on Monday

On Monday, re-polling was held in two polling stations in Kushtagi due to incorrect listing of 275 voters. Total voters involved were 1,683 voters. Similarly in the polling booth in Lottegollahalli, the total voters who voted on Monday were 1,444. 

Input by 101Reporters






06:42 (IST)

Security beefed up at Dharwad's counting centre in University of Agricultural Sciences

Preparations underway at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Dharwad, a counting centre for the seven constituencies in the district.

Input by Shakeera Sunti/101Reporters






06:40 (IST)

Counting being held across 38 centres in 33 districts

Counting is being held across a total 38 centres in 33 election districts. Chitradurga, Dakshina Kannada and Mysuru have two centres, Tumakuru has three and the rest of the districts one each.

Input by 101Reporters






06:37 (IST)

Haveri district collector inspects counting centre

Haveri District Collector MV Venkatesh inspects a counting centre set up at government engineering college. 

Image courtesy: Basavaraj Maralihalli/101Reporters






06:35 (IST)

Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot in Karnataka ahead of results announcement

The Congress is taking no chances ahead of the Karnataka Assembly election result and has sent in its top leaders to avoid a repeat of what happened in Goa and Manipur, where it failed to form government despite emerging as the largest party. The party has sent senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot to the southern state where results of the Assembly election will be announced on Tuesday, reported News18.

Both leaders reached Bengaluru and met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and other party leaders. They are also likely to meet JD(S) leaders, including HD Deve Gowda and his son Kumaraswamy, in case it fails to get a majority of its own.






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06:30 (IST)

RECAP: 6 of 8 exit polls give BJP clear edge over Congress, but hung Assembly may be on cards

With the Karnataka Assembly election being perhaps one of the most polarising contests in recent history, exit polls have emerged as an important tool to discover voters' mood.

Firstpost takes a look at the exit polls — Times Now-VMR exit poll, India Today-Axis My India, RepublicTV-Jan ki baat, ABP News-CVoter Poll, NewsX-CNX, News Nation poll, Today's Chanakya and Dighvijaya News poll  — to give you a picture of how things may pan out.

Of eight exit polls, six gave BJP a clear edge, while the rest reckoned that Congress would emerge as the single largest party. Interestingly, three polls predicted that the BJP and Congress might win enough seats to form the government on their own power: India Today-Axis My India for Congress and Republic TV-Jan ki Baat and Today's Chanakya for BJP. 






06:24 (IST)

Siddaramaiah's Dalit CM remark may be ploy to cement Congress' options in case of hung Assembly

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said on Sunday that it was fine with him if the Congress party decided to replace him with a Dalit candidate after election results are declared on Tuesday.

His statement was more than the familiar expression of loyalty to royalty, writes Srinivas Prasad in a Firstpost article. It has so far been interpreted to mean the following:

1) Siddaramaiah is hinting at Congress not getting a clear majority after Tuesday's vote-counting;
2) A coalition with the Janata Dal (Secular) is possible;
3) A Dalit alternative to him would facilitate such an alliance since he himself wouldn't be acceptable to that party. But there is possibly more than what meets the eye.






06:21 (IST)

RECAP: Siddaramaiah says he can sacrifice chief minister's post for Dalit, this is his last election

A day after the Karnataka Assembly polls, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah asserted that the Congress would retain power in the southern state and said this was his "last election." Speaking to reporters in Chamundeshwari constituency, one of the two seats from where he contested in the high-stakes polls, along with Badami in north Karnataka, the Congress leader said, "This will be my last election."

To a question on the possibility of a Dalit chief minister, he said, "It is fine if the party decides to have a Dalit chief minister." Siddaramaiah exuded confidence that the Congress would get an absolute majority in Karnataka and ruled out any possibility of a tie-up with the JD(S), led by former prime minister HD Deve Gowda. 






06:10 (IST)

Security tightened around counting centres in Karnataka






06:06 (IST)

Congress to join hands with JD(S)

One of the possible scenarios — after trends are clear — could be the coming together of the Congress and the JD(S), as had happened in 2004 when they formed the government under Congress heavyweight Dharm Singh after the state elected a hung House. If that happens, JD(S) may not agree to Siddaramaiah heading a coalition government and likely want a Dalit leader at the helm.






05:57 (IST)

Siddaramaiah's future uncertain even in the case of a Congress victory

In case of a clear verdict in favour of the Congress, the grand old party will have broken the jinx of no political party retaining the reins of the state since 1985, when the erstwhile Janata Dal formed the government under Ramakrishna Hegde for a second consecutive term. It is, however, unclear if Siddaramaiah, a backward class leader with a formidable reputation, will be the next chief minister in the event of a Congress victory.






05:55 (IST)

Counting to begin at 8 am

Counting of votes would begin at 8 am in nearly 40 counting centres, election office sources told agencies. The trends are likely to begin to trickle within an hour and all results are expected to be declared by late evening.






05:54 (IST)

JD(S) the kingmaker?

Several exit polls have predicted a hung Assembly, and said former prime minister HD Deve Gowda's JD(S) would play the role of the kingmaker. In one of the most high-profile and bitterly fought elections in recent times, 222 of the 224 seats went to polls on 12 May. Polling for RR Nagar seat was deferred on account of alleged electoral malpractices, while it was countermanded in Jayanagar seat following the death of the BJP candidate.






05:48 (IST)

Counting of votes to begin shorty

The counting of votes for the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 will be taken up today with pollsters saying they would likely go down to the wire, ensuring a neck-and-neck race between the state's ruling Congress and challenger BJP.

Karnataka Assembly Election Result 2018 LIVE updates: Reports emerged on Monday about a large number of postal ballots being discovered in a hotel room in Badami in Karnataka. The Election Commission issued a clarification on Tuesday morning that an investigation by the Tahsildar and the Assistant Returning Officer yielded only two pages of instructions on how to exercise postal ballot but no postal ballots.

Counting for the Karnataka Assembly election 2018 will be held across a total of 38 centres in 33 election districts. Chitradurga, Dakshina Kannada and Mysuru have two centres, Tumakuru has three and the rest of the districts one each.

Security has been tightened across Karnataka with forces deployed outside counting centres ahead of counting of votes at 8 am on Tuesday.

The counting of votes for the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 will be taken up on Tuesday with pollsters saying they would likely go down to the wire, with a neck and neck race between the state’s ruling Congress and challenger BJP.

Several exit polls have predicted a hung Assembly in Karnataka, and said former prime minister HD Deve Gowda’s JD(S) would play the role of the kingmaker. In one of the most high-profile and bitterly fought elections in recent times, 222 of the 224 seats went to polls on 12 May. Polling for RR Nagar seat was deferred on account of alleged electoral malpractices, while it was countermanded in Jayanagar seat following the death of the BJP candidate.

Counting of votes would begin at 8 am in nearly 40 counting centres, election office sources said. The trends are likely to begin to trickle within an hour and all results are expected to be declared by late evening.

In case of a clear verdict in favour of the Congress, the grand old party will have broken the jinx of no political party retaining the reins of the state since 1985, when the erstwhile Janata Dal formed the government under Ramakrishna Hegde for a second consecutive term. It is, however, unclear if Siddaramaiah, a backward class leader with a formidable reputation, will be the next chief minister in the event of a Congress victory.

Though the Congress had said he would be its face in the elections, it stopped short of declaring him the party’s chief ministerial candidate.

Siddaramaiah caused a political flutter when he said yesterday that he was ready to make way for a Dalit chief minister if the Congress high command so decided, a statement many felt was aimed at keeping the JD(S) in good humour so as to stitch an alliance in case of a fractured mandate.

Siddramaiah is a former JD(S) man and his ties with Deve Gowda’s party continue to be strained.

“I am confident that the Congress would win the elections with a majority and I would be the chief minister,” Siddaramaiah had told journalists earlier. However, when asked on Sunday if he was ready to make way for a Dalit leader as chief minister, he said,”I have no objection. I am not against anybody but the decision has to be left to the high command.”

He, however, said the high command would also consider the views of the winning candidates before deciding the next chief minister.

Since the Congress had not declared its chief ministerial candidate, Dalit veterans in the party like its leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and state Congress chief G Parameshwara are being seen as possible alternatives. Kharge had recently told PTI he was ready to take up any role assigned to him by the party.

A victory in Karnataka would help boost the sagging morale of the Congress, which is on a downhill journey, losing state after state since Narendra Modi came to power at the Centre. Losing Karnataka will drastically weaken its claim for the leadership of a broader anti-BJP alliance that is being talked about.

A victory for the BJP, on the other hand, will reflect the enduring charisma of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his capacity to power his party to victory across the country, clearing demographic and topographical obstacles.

It would also further galvanise the BJP cadre before the Assembly elections in party-ruled Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh later this year. The JD(S) has also claimed it would win a majority and that its chief ministerial candidate H D Kumaraswamy will be the “king” and not the “kingmaker”.

The party may or may not win the elections, but will play the kingmaker if the electorate gives a split verdict, making Deve Gowda an important player in the state politics once again.

With the JD(S) having had partnered with both BJP and Congress in the past, it would be tough to predict which way it will go this time in the event of a hung House.

One of the possible scenarios could be the coming together of the Congress and the JD(S), as had happened in 2004 when they formed the government under Congress heavyweight Dharm Singh after the state elected a hung House. If that happens, JD(S) may not agree to Siddaramaiah heading a coalition government and likely want a Dalit leader at the helm

The Congress is taking no chances in Karnataka and has sent in its top guns to avoid a repeat of the Goa and Manipur fiascos in the past, where it failed to form a government despite emerging as the largest party. The party has sent senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot to the southern state where results of the Assembly polls would be out on Tuesday. Sources said Azad and Gehlot have reached Bangalore and have met chief minister Siddharamaiah and other party leaders. They are also likely to meet JD-S leaders, including H D Deve Gowda and his son Kumaraswamy, in case it fails to get a majority of its own.

With inputs from PTI

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