Assembly polls: Counting of votes underway in Karnataka

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Counting of votes for the Karnataka assembly elections is underway at 283 centres across the state.

Trends from 177 constituencies indicate Congress and BJP are neck and neck followed by JDS plus.

While BJP is leading in 78 constituencies, Congress is ahead in 74 and JDS plus 25.

Chief Minister and Congress candidate Siddaramaiah is leading in Badami constituency, while he is trailing in Chamundeshwari.

Ajay Dharam Singh of the party is also leading in Jevargi.

BJP Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa is leading in Shikaripura. Other prominent BJP candidates Jagadish Shettar is ahead in Hubli Dharwad Central, B Sriramulu in Molakalmuru and KS Eshwarappa in Shimoga constituency.

JDS Candidates HD Kumaraswamy is leading in Chennapatna and HD Revanna in Holenarasipur.

Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements to ensure smooth counting of votes. Talking to AIR, Chief election Commissioner O P Rawat said, over 16 thousand personnel have been deployed at the counting centres.

Polling was held for 222 seats out of total 224 was held on 12th of this month. Election in Jayanagar Assembly constituency was countermanded following the death of BJP candidate while in Rajarajeswari Nagar Assembly seat it was deferred on account of electoral malpractices.

The fate of over 2,600 candidates will be decided today.

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