The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won the election, but has fallen short of a majority (112) in the southern state of Karnataka
Billed as the biggest political battle of 2018. The Bharatiya Janata Party ‘s(BJP’s) bid to reclaim the state had faced its toughest challenge from Congress which was looking to beat incumbency. With BJP has won 104, while Congress and JD(S) has won 78 and 37 respectively. Losing the state, the Congress is now reduced to just three States — Punjab, Mizoram and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
A total of 72.36 per cent turnout was recorded in the Karnataka election, polling for which was conducted on May 12 (Saturday). The term of the current Legislative Assembly ends on May 28. While polling for election in Raja Rajeshwari (RR) Nagar Assembly seat was deferred because of alleged electoral malpractices, it was countermanded in Bengaluru’s Jayanagar seat due to the demise of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate BN Vijaya Kumar.