Karnataka poll result: NCP surprised, wants paper ballots over EVMs

Karnataka poll result: NCP surprised, wants paper ballots over EVMs

Karnataka poll result: NCP surprised, wants paper ballots over EVMs

Abdullah, earlier in the day, had posted, "Et tu #Karnataka", after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday crossed the half-way mark in the number of leading seats in Karnataka Elections 2018 Results leaving the Congress and JDS behind. Therefore, everyone who is sceptical about EVMs roll in election, should be removed by contesting elections using ballot paper by BJP, instead of EVMs, he said.

Patle, a former BJP leader, had been instrumental in several farmer agitations in the state.

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Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil said the Congress was well positioned in Karnataka and there was no anti-incumbency against the Siddaramaiah government.

As per the official data by Election Commission, BJP has bagged 45 seats and is leading in 61, while Congress trails second with victory on 22 seats and a lead on 53 seats. HD Deve Gowda -led Janata Dal (Secular) was leading on 41 seats. He admitted that the Congress was not keen on any pre-poll pact with the BSP - be it Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh or Karnataka. While Karnataka Assembly has 225 seats, voting takes place for 224 constituencies as one is a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community. "One can imagine if the BJP wins polls in states where it was not in power at any point of time, but how you account for the BJP's electoral success in a state where the people have already experienced its misrule".

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The governor would find himself in a quandary if the Congress and the JD (S) join hands and establish that they have support of 116 MLAs, he said, describing the Congress's decision to back the latter as a "cunning move".

For the Palus Kadegaon assembly bypoll, Vishwajit Kadam is the lone candidate in fray after BJP withdrew its nominee. His switching over party would help the BJP in spreading its social base, senior BJP leaders have said.

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