The counting of votes for Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 was conducted on Tuesday, however, no party was able to reach the halfway mark and it was a hung Karnataka assembly. BJP emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, while Congress got 78 seats and JDS only managed to win 37 seats. However, being the single largest party, the BJP on Tuesday evening approached Karnataka governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala and stake claim to form the government, though it’s still short falling short by 9 seats to claim the absolute majority. While on the other side, the Congress party approached JDS to form an alliance government in the state by offering unconditional support and making HD Kumarswamy the chief minister of Karnataka. The JDS accepted Congress’ alliance proposal and stake claim to form the government after meeting the governor.

While the talks are underway and all permutation and combinations are being analysed, the final call will now be taken by Karnataka governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala and whom to invite to form the next government in Karnataka. Previously on May 12 after election concluded in Karnataka, several exit polls and surveys were done and almost 4 out of 6 of them predicted a hung assembly in the state. Earlier in the day, it seemed like BJP will be able to form the government as at one point of time, the party was leading on 120 seats but as the counting progressed their tally began to fall. While leaving no chance behind to form the government in Karnataka, Congress-JDS have announced that they will form an alliance government as together they have the numbers. 

Here are the LIVE updates of Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 results:

23:14 pm – Trying every bit to form the government in Karnataka and to have further talks on the alliance, JDS’ HD Kumaraswamy met senior Congress leaders including Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, DK Shivakumar and Mallikarjun Kharge in Ashok Hotel in Bengaluru.

21:34 pm – Congress president Rahul Gandhi after Karnataka Assembly Election results on Tuesday took to Twitter and said, “A big thank you to all those who voted for the Congress in these elections. We appreciate your support and will fight for you. Thank you also to our workers and leaders for their dedication and untiring hard work in support of the party.”

08:16 pm – After Karnataka Elections 2018 results led to a hung assembly, all the three leading parties BJP, Congress and JDS are trying all permutations and combinations to form the government in the state. BJP state chief BS Yeddyurappa along with other leaders met the governor and stake claim to form the government while seeking 7-day time to prove the majority. On the other side, Congress and JDS alliance have also approached the governor and stake claim to form the government in the state.   

06:43 pm – While there is still uncertainty that who will be forming the government Karnataka,  BJP president Amit Shah has tweeted saying, “I congratulate each & every Karyakarta of BJP Karnataka unit and Shri BS Yeddyurappa for their relentless efforts. Like rest of the nation, the great land of Karnataka has shown their unwavering trust in PM Narendra Modi’s clean, transparent and pro-development governance. I thank people of Karnataka for voting BJP as the single largest party. This mandate clearly reflects that Karnataka has rejected Congress’s corruption, dynastic politics and divisive casteism.” 

06:15 pm – Following results of Karnataka Assembly Election, both Yeddyurappa and HD Kumaraswamy both have stake claim to form the government in the state. Meanwhile, speaking on the current situation, Constitutional expert S Kashyap has said, “Entirely up to the governor to appoint anyone he thinks proper. He’s expected to be guided by his assessment of who is likely to command majority support in the House.”

05:50 pm – After a hung assembly in Karnataka, both leading parties — BJP and Congress — are trying their every bit to form the government. As per reports, BJP is said to be in touch with 9 Congress Lingayat MLAs and 7 of JDS, to seek support and form the government in Karnataka.  

05:31 pm – JDS-Congress-led delegation comprising HD Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Mallikarjun Kharge met the governor on Tuesday evening, to carry discussions about forming the next government in Karnataka. 

05:21 pm – BJP Karnataka chief Yeddyurappa along with Ananth Kumar, Shobha Karandlaje and Rajeev Chandrasekhar reached Raj Bhavan. Mentioning that it is 100% that they will form the next government in Karnataka, Yeddyurappa has sought 7-days time from the governor to prove the majority. 

05:17 pm – Meanwhile, speaking on the current situation after Karnataka election results, Constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap said, “It is upto the understanding of the Governor who he calls to form the government. It is upto him if he wants to call the single largest party or a coalition government.”

05:06 pm – BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Yeddyurappa has reached Raj Bhawan to meet the governor Vijubhai Vala. Reports say that Yeddyurappa is having letters of all the MLAs and he may stake claim to form the government.
“I have taken an appointment with Karnataka Governor for 5 pm. We should be forming the government as we are the single largest party,” Yeddyurappa said. 

05:04 pm – JDS’ HD Kumaraswamy has left his residence to meet Karnataka governor Vijubhai Vala’s. It’s expected that HDK who has accepted Congress’ proposal to form the next government in Karnataka.  

04:52 pm – BS Yeddyurappa reaches Governor Vijubhai Vala’s house. He said, “I have taken an appointment with Karnataka Governor for 5 pm. We should be forming the govt as we are the single largest party.” 

04:40 pm – Reacting to the reports of Congress and JD(S) alliance, JD(S) claimed that HD Kumaraswamy will be the chief minister of Karnataka for the full term. It further said that they would be happy in getting a Congress leader as deputy CM.

04:32 pm – I’m here with our independent MLA. The independent MLA Mr Nagesh & others MLAs are with us. We have the numbers. We want a secular govt in Karnataka: DK Shivakumar of Congress.

04:23 pm – JD(S)’s HD Kumaraswamy seeks appointment from the Governor of Karnataka this evening. in the letter to the Governor, he said that his party has accepted the support from Congress to form the government.

04:13 pm – Siddaramaiah submits his resignation to the Governor of Karnataka on May 15.

04:03 pm – Siddaramiah’s son and Congress candidate, Dr Yathindra Siddaramiah claimed the Varuna constituency by garnering 96435 votes. Siddaramiah was being tailed by BJP candidate Thotadappa Basavaraju who managed to get 37819 votes only.

03:58 pm – Congress’ Siddaramaiah enters the Governor’s house in Bengaluru. The Congress candidate got the entry after a Congress delegation led by G Parameshwara was denied entry into Governor’s House.

03:50 pm – Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has deferred media briefing and also the celebrations at party headquarters till further notice.

03:33 pm – JD(S) leader Danish Ali, said, “JD(S) had always maintained that HD Kumaraswamy will be CM. As per results, we’re doing everything to keep BJP out of power. Congress has extended its support, we have accepted it. We will jointly go to meet Governor after 5.30 pm today.”

03:29 pm – Congress delegation led by G Parameshwara, who had gone to the Governor’s House, did not get entry, turned back

03:18 pm – Union Minister Prakash Javadekar arrives at the residence of BJP president Amit Shah.

03:12 pm – Reacting to the reports of Congress’ alliance with JD(S), BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa said, “Shortly we will be knowing the final figures, then we’ll decide the future plan. I don’t want to talk about Congress or JD(S).

03:02 pm – We accept the mandate of the people. We bow our heads to the verdict. We don’t have numbers to form govt. The Congress has offered to support JD(S) to form government: G Parameshwara

02:58 pm –  Confirming the reports of the alliance, Congress’ senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that Congress had a telephonic conversation with Deve Gowda and HD Kumaraswamy. he said, “They have accepted our offer. Hopefully, we will be together.”

02:55 pm – Reports claim that Congress will not be extending outside support and will end up being a part of JD(S).

02:40 pm – As JD(S) and Congress seal the deal, JD(S)’s state chief and chief ministerial candidate for the party,  HD Kumaraswamy has been announced as the Cm of the state.

02:30 pm –  BJP emerges as largest party in Karnataka assembly election 2018. In order to stop Yeddyurappa from becoming the CM of the state, JD(S) and Congress came together to present BJP from forming the government.

02:10 pm – Reports suggest that BJP which was earlier emerging as a sole winner of the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 is in talks with the Independent leaders.

02:05 pm – If early reports are to be believed, JD(S) which currently said to be leading in 38 constituencies might end up giving support to Congress. If the reports turn true, the Congress-JD(S) alliance will end up taking power in the state with around 113-114 seats. The negotiations between the two parties are said to be underway.

01: 47 pm – BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa wins from Shikaripura seat by 35,397 votes.

01:39 pm – Reacting to the early results, Karnataka Minister KJ George said that many Congress candidates have won the election. He said, “You cannot write-off the Congress. It is, maybe, a set back for Congress, we will find out what is the cause of the setback.”

01:10 pm – Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore hails BJP early win says, this is the third straight defeat of Rahul Gandhi since he became President. He declared himself the PM candidate. He added, “Now if all opposition wants to unite toh hamare liye bhi ye theek hai, ki desh ki jitni gandagi hai vo ek saath hate.”

01:05 pm – Virajpet constituency has been claimed by another BJP candidate KG Bopaiah who managed to garner 53,443 votes. BJP was being tailed by Congress’ Arun Machaiah CS who managed to get only 43,693 votes.

01:02 pm – BJP’s candidate KB Ashok Naik has won the Shimoga Rural constituency by getting 69,329 votes against JD(S) candidate Sharada Puryanaik. JD(S) managed to garner only 65,549 votes.

12:50 pm – BJP leader from Nargund CC Patil has won the constituency by claiming a vote share of over 50%. the leader was able to garner 73,045 votes. BJP was being tailed by Congress’ BR Yavagal that received only 45% of vote share. 

12:46 pm – Congress’ KJ George leading in Sarvagnanagar constituency. UT Abdul Khader of Congress has won Mangalore constituency.

12:45 pm – BJP Parliamentary Board to meet at 6 pm at party headquarters in Delhi today. BJP’s candidate candidate, BS Yeddyurappa will also be flying down to Delhi to meet PM Modi. 

12:40 pm – MP Kumaraswamy of Bharatiya Janata Party has won from Mudigere. He was contesting against Motamma of Congress.

12:37 pm – The results for the Sullia constituency in Dakshina Kannada district and Coastal Karnataka region of Karnataka were announced on May 15. BJP fielded leader Angara S won the constituency with a margin of 26,068 votes. Congress’ Dr B Raghu managed to garner only 69, 137 votes in respect to BJP’s 95,205.

12:23 pm – Congress emerges as the biggest party in terms of securing votes. It secured 37.8% votes while BJP followed closely at 37.1%. JDS could only manage 17.4% votes till 12 noon. Apparently, Congress failed to garner majority despite getting the highest number of votes in Karnataka.

12:15 pm – Overall market was positive at noon as 1,441 shares advanced while 927 were declined and 114 were unchanged on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).

12:09 pm – Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman indulge in celebrations at party headquaters following BJP’s eary majority in Karnataka.

11:43 am – People of Karnataka want good governance, that is why they have chosen BJP. This is a big victory for the party. Congress is losing state after state & we are winning state after state: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

11:28 am – Rahul Gandhi did his best, but it is we who have lost the elections. We, the local leadership, should have en-cashed it in a proper way & because of which we lost it: DK Shivkumar on Karnataka Assembly elections 2018.

11:15 am –  Senior Congress leader Mohan Prakash expressed his doubts over the use of EVMs for voting. He said, “I am saying it from day 1, there is no political party in India which has not raised questions on EVMs, even BJP has done it in the past. Now when all parties are doubting EVMs then what problem does BJP have in conducting polls through ballot?

11:08 am – Hitting out at Congress leader Siddaramiah, JD(S) GT Devegowda said that people have rejected Siddaramaiah. He said, “He lost because of his attitude, because of attacking everyone & because of his loose talk.

10:45 am – Reacting towards the early number win of BJP, Congress has alleged cheating in Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 results and has further demanded match of VVPAT data with EVM results.

10:12 am – Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah is trailing from Chamundeshwari by over 12,000 votes, JD(S) GT Deve Gowda leading. Siddaramaiah leading in Badami by over 160 votes.

10:05 am – There is no question of alliance with JD(S) as we are already crossing 112 seats: Sadananda Gowda, BJP leader.

9:53 am – Reacting to early numbers, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the correct position will be known by 11-11:30 am. He said, “I am going to discuss it( possibility of alliance with JDS) with Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot.”

9:35 am – Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar leading over JDS’s Narayana Gowda by 2,729 votes from Kanakpura.

9:29 am – BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa is leading from Shikaripura. He is being trailed by Congress’ GB Malatesh. BJP is leading by 3,420 votes.

9:12 am – Reacting to the early numbers, Ashok Gehlot of Congress said, “These are initial trends, we hope Congress will form the Govt in Karnataka and are confident of it, but yes all options(allying with JDS) are open.” HD Kumaraswamy of JD(S) leading in Ramanagaram and Channapatna, counting underway.

9:09 am –  Congress candidate from Bellary City is trailing BJP candidate G Somashekara Reddy. As per the EC, the BJP is said to be leading on 22 seats while Congress is trying to hold its ground by winning 13 seats. The counting is underway.

9:03 am – JD(S) state president HD Kumaraswamy is said to be leading in Ramanagara. Congress lacking behind by 1552 votes.

8:52 am – The early official Election Commission trends claim that BJP is leading on 10 seats, Congress leading on 5 seats, JDS on 1 and others on 1 seat. a party needs a majority of 112 seats to make their government in Karnataka.

8:43 am – BJP leader KS Eshwarappa is said to be leading from Shimoga and Siddaramaiah is back in the lead in Badami constituency. BJP’s candidate trailing.

8:39 am – Dinesh Gundu Rao of Congress who is contesting from Gandhinagar constituency is leading, say early numbers.  JD(S) leader S Madhu Bangarappa from Sorab is leading.

8:30 am – BJP’s Sreeramulu is leading in Badami constituency, being trailed by Congress’ Siddaramaiah. EVMs have been opened across counting centers in Karnataka.

8:26 am – BJP candidate Jagadish Shettar is said to be leading from Hubli-Dharwad-Central

8:22 am – Congress’ candidate from Chittapur and senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge’s son Priyank Kharge is leading. 

8:18 am – BJP’s CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa is said to be leading from Shikaripura constituency.

8:16 am – Siddaramaiah is said to be leading from Badami constituency and is being trailed by BJP’s B Sreeramulu

8:11 am – Early numbers suggest that Siddaramiah’s Congress is leading by 25 and are being trailed by BJP with 19 votes. JD(S) is said to be getting 8-10 votes.

8:05 am –  As per early numbers, Congress is said to be leading with around 19-20 votes. BJP seems to be having a slow start with only 10 votes in its bag while JD(S) received 7 seats.

8:00 am –  Counting of votes begin

7:58 am – Dr.Yathindra, Congress candidate from Varuna and son of CM Siddaramaiah says that senior party leaders will decide on the alliance. Expressing confidence, he claimed, “We are confident and hope to form Government on our own.”

7:50 am – JDS’s HD Kumaraswamy offers prayers at Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math in Nagamangala ahead of counting of votes. he is contesting from Ramanagara and Channapatna constituencies.

7:40 am – SDPI survey predicts BJP massive victory in Karnataka Assembly elections 2018, say reports

7:20 am – Siddaramaiah’s competition from Badami constituency, BJP’s B Sreeramulu prays ahead of counting of votes. Earlier, on May 12, the voting day, BJP’s candidate was seen worshipping a cow before casting his ballot.

7: 13 am – In 2013 elections, Congress claimed 122 seats, BJP and JD(S) secured 40 seats each and others settled for 22 seats out of 224 seats.

7:10 am – Chief Election Commissioner, OP Rawat said that they have deployed Central Armed Police Forces(CAPF) in strong rooms. He added, “Adequate security personnel presence will be there at all counting centers to ensure law and order is maintained.

6:53 am – Data shows that a total of 2,622 candidates (including 217 women) contested the 222 seats out of 224 seats. 36 of these 222 seats were reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 15 were reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (STs).

6:50 am – Sanjiv Kumar, the State’s Chief Electoral Officer, has said that postal ballots will be counted first before the EVMs.

6:35 am – The counting of votes will be done at 38 centers across 38 districts.

06:32 am – The counting will be taking place at a counting center in Kalaburagi 

06:28 am – Heavy security has been deployed by the authorities to avoid any sort of disruptions during the counting of votes.

06:10 am – The counting fo 222 out of 224 constituencies will begin from 8:00 am. Stay tuned for all the latest news and updates from Karnataka Assembly elections results 2018.

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