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Karnataka Polls 2018: Congress Forms Alliance With JD(S) To Beat BJP's 100+ Seats

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| May 15 , 2018 , 14:57 IST

The counting process is underway on Tuesday for the high-stakes Karnataka state assembly elections for 222 seats which was held on May 12.

While the BJP has a single largest majority with more than 100 seats, the Congress and the JD(S) are forming an alliance to stake claim to the government in Karnataka. 

The polls hold great significance as Karnataka is one of the last major bastions of the Congress party, which the Grand Old Party hopes to maintain, while the BJP is attempting to score edgeways into the southern state to continue on its winning streak.

The elections on May 12 witnessed a record voter turnout of 72.36 percent, surpassing the last highest voter turnout of 71.90 percent at the elections in 1978.

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A total of 2,654 candidates are in the fray for the elections to the 224 seat assembly, although voting was conducted for 222 seats, as the Jayanagar and Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituencies from the Bengaluru District were postponed earlier.

Any party or alliance would require 112 seats to stake a claim to form the government in Karnataka. While both the Congress and BJP have claimed that they would secure an outright majority, most of the exit polls have predicted a hung-house, in which case the national parties would have to seek alliances.

Ahead of the Karnataka elections, both Congress and BJP have been conducting massive campaigning, with Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh and current Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah campaigning for the Congress. BJP star campaigners included Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Security has been boosted across the state with 50,000 police personnel deployed across 38 counting centres and 1 Rapid Action Force (RAF) company and 20 Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) being deployed in Bengaluru itself.

"We have deployed Central Armed Police Forces(CAPF) in strong rooms, adequate security personnel presence will be there at all counting centres to ensure law and order is maintained," said Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat.