K’taka vote count: Hat-trick of fractured mandates or clear verdict?

India will know on Wednesday if Karnataka scores a hat-trick of fractured mandates or gets a clear verdict with votes polled on Sunday in perhaps the most keenly watched assembly elections in the state are counted.

Over 71 per cent of the 40.36 million eligible voters cast their ballots on Sunday and counting would start at 8 am on Wednesday in 36 centres across the state.

Since electronic voting machines (EVMs) were used for polling, most of the results should be out by noon, say state election authorities.

Polling took place for 223 of the 224 elected seats in the 225- member assembly that includes one member nominated to represent the Anglo-Indian community.

In Periayapatna constituency in Mysore, polling has been rescheduled for month-end following the death of the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate.

The election of Karnataka’s 14th assembly caught national attention as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was mired in corruption scandals in the state while its main challenger, the Congress, was fighting similar problem at the central level. The Congress is upbeat that it will return to power on its own in Karnataka.


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