Karnataka Assembly Election Result 2018: How will BJP's BS Yeddyurappa fare?

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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is now trailing from Chamundeshwari seat.

Out of 225-Karnataka Assembly segments, 222 went to the polls. And then there are all-out personal attacks by leaders of the BJP and the Congress which has taken the campaign to a new low.

Aaj Tak is bringing you live coverage of counting day in the Karnataka assembly election, whose result has the potential to drastically influence political fortunes in the run-up to next year's general election.

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If an election results in a hung assembly, then fresh elections are announced and conducted as soon as possible.

By evening today both the Congress and the BJP would have accepted their fates and the Janata Dal (United) which sees itself as kingmaker would also know where it stands. Some have said the Congress, led by its chief ministerial candidate Siddaramaiah, will emerge as the single largest party, while some have given the single largest party tag to the BJP. Exit polls are divided and even who will be the single largest party as some of them predicted it to be Congress and some to be BJP.

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi has already reached out to JD (S) leader HD Deve Gowda for an alliance, and if the alliance is formed, it would have the support of 115 MLAs, four more than required for a simple majority.

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Conversely, for the Congress Party and JDS, the only way to form the government would be to approach the governor promptly with proof that they have support from the majority of the MLAs, which should not be a problem given that the two parties have 114-115 MLAs between them, three or four more than required. It has given 73-82 seats to Congress, 32-43 seats to JD (S) and 2-3 seats to others.

The election to the Jayanagara seat in Bangalore was countermanded following the death of the sitting MLA and BJP candidate, B.N. Vijaykumar, on May 4. There are 19 seats in coastal Karnataka and the BJP had performed badly in this region in 2013.

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