We hope Congress will form the Govt in Karnataka, says Ashok Gehlot; BJP is leading on 88 seats

New Delhi, May 15: 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, said Ashok Gehlot. 

According to reports, BJP is leading on 88 seats, Congress is leading on 84 seats, and JDS is leading on 40 seats. 

Counting of votes began on Tuesday in Karnataka's 222 assembly constituencies amid tight security, an official said.

"Vote counting began at 8 a.m. at 38 centres in 30 districts where 72.36 per cent of the 5.07 crore electorate polled across the state on Saturday, the Election Commission official told IANS here.

Votes polled in 26 of the 28 Bengaluru's urban and rural segments are being counted at four centres across the city.

"The poll panel has deployed 16,662 personnel to count votes in each segment and declare the result after the process is completed," noted the official.

The Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) were the main contenders among other national, regional and fringe parties in the May 12 elections.

In all, 2,622 candidates, including 217 women contested for the seats, which had 36 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.

Election in Bengaluru's Raja Rajeshwari (RR) Nagar was postponed to May 28 due to seizure of voter ID cards and countermanded in the city's Jayanagar seat due to the death of BJP candidate and MLA B.N. Vijaya Kumar on May 4. Vote counting in RR Nagar will be taken up on May 31.