In a must-win situation for Congress in Karnataka, the Congress stays comfortably above the halfway mark. The BJP may end up with close to 75 seats. The JDS is faring badly in many of the regions. Keep following our updates.
The Congress is winning/leading in more seats in the Kalyan Karnataka, Kittur Karnataka and South regions. The BJP is leading in Bangalore and coastal Karnataka regions. A party or a coalition needs to win 113 seats to secure a majority in the 224-member Karnataka Assembly.
The Congress party looked set to win a majority in the Karnataka assembly polls after nearly three hours of counting of votes covering all the 224 assembly seats in the state. The Congress, according to official ECI data, was in the lead in 114 seats in a legislature where the simple majority is 113 seats at 11 am.
"The Congress has established a lead as per our expectations. We are expecting over 120 seats. We will come to power on our strength," the former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said in an initial reaction in Mysuru on the trends.
The Congress has obtained a vote share of 43.2 percent as against the BJP's 36 percent. The Congress leads in 120 seats, the BJP in 70 and the JDS in 20 (13.1 percent vote share).
In 2018 the BJP won 104 seats with 36 percent vote share and the Congress 80 seats with 38 percent vote share. The JDS won 37 seats with a 19 percent vote share.