BJP crosses magic number

BJP crosses magic number

In one of the most high-profile and bitterly fought elections in the recent times, a total of 222 of the 224 seats went for polls involving a three-cornered contest between the ruling Congress, the BJP and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda's JD(S). DH photo

The BJP on Tuesday looked on course to emerge as the single largest party in the Karnataka Assembly as it led in 115 constituencies, while its main rival, the Congress, was ahead in 58 constituencies, officials said.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was trailing by over 11,000 votes in Chamundeshwari and leading by a slender margin of around 200 votes in Badami.

Another key player JD(S) of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda was maintaining its hold in the old Mysuru region, and its candidates were leading in 46 seats.
JD(S) ally BSP was ahead in one seat and others in two.

BJP's chief ministerial candidate, BS Yeddyurappa, was ahead in Shikaripura by a margin of over 9,800 votes, while JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy was leading in both Ramanagara and Channapatna.

Prominent among those trailing include ministers Ramamnatha Rai (Bantwal), H C Mahadevappa (T Narasipura), Santosh Lad (Kalagatagi) and Vinay Kulkarni (Dharwad).

Senior BJP leader K S Eshwarappa from Shivamogga, state minister Kagodu Timmappa from Sagara, and the chief minister's son, Yatindra, from Varuna, were leading over their rivals.
Others were leading in two seats.

The polling percentage in the May 12 elections has been put at 72.13 percent.

Polling for R R Nagar seat was deferred on account of alleged electoral malpractices, while it was countermanded in Jayanagar seat following the death of the BJP candidate

Over 53,000 police personnel, 179 platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police Force and 10 companies of the Rapid Action Force have been deployed across the state to ensure the smooth counting of votes on Tuesday.

Kamal Pant, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), said prohibitory orders have been imposed in and around the counting centres, forbidding all celebrations and gatherings.

While the Central forces are providing the first ring of security around 38 counting centres, including the five in Bengaluru, state forces are offering the second level of security cover to them.

All the centres are supervised by the officer-rank Superintendent of Police (SPs) or Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP).

Each district has been given five to eight KSRP platoons, while the counting centres will have paramilitary forces, armed forces and KSRP and civil policemen for crowd control.

The SPs and DCPs are given independent powers to use the Rapid Action Force in the event of an untoward incident, Pant said.

People with passes, including representatives of political parties and candidates, are allowed in the counting centres. Jurisdictional police have been asked to patrol sensitive areas, including residences and offices of the candidates, he added.

Bengaluru Commissioner T Suneel Kumar has also made elaborate security arrangements in the five counting centres. Kumar has made three-layer security arrangements.