Bengaluru, May 15: The BJP was likely to finish tantalisingly close to the halfway mark in the Karnataka Assembly elections today, if not score an outright victory, with its candidates winning 7 seats and leading in 102 others, officials said.
Congress candidates have won two seats and were ahead in 69, while the JD(S) was leading the table in 39 constituencies.
Regional outfit KPJP, Mayawati's BSP and an independent candidate were ahead in one seat each.
A party has to secure 112 seats for a simple majority in the Assembly. Though Karnataka has a 224-member Lower House, polling was held for 222 seats. Polling was deferred for the RR Nagar seat on account of alleged electoral malpractices, it was countermanded in Jayanagar following the death of the BJP candidate.
Reflecting the plight of the Congress, chief minister Siddaramaiah was trailing in Chamundeshwari in Mysuru by over 33,000 votes against his JD(S) rival G T Deve Gowda.
In the see-saw battle in Badami in north Karnataka, Siddaramaiah was leading by over 1875 votes against BJP's B Sreeramulu, a Lok Sabha MP and close associate of the
controversial Reddy brothers.
Amid all this, the Congress party has started talks with H.D. Kumaraswamy-led Janata Dal(S) to forge a post-poll alliance.
The Congress has already sent two senior leaders of the party, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot, to Karnataka and they are in talks with the JD(S) leaders, said a
Here are 5 important facts about H.D. Kumaraswamy that you should know:
1) Haradanahalli Devegowda Kumaraswamy is an Indian politician who was the 18th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 2006 to 2007.
2) His father is a former Prime Minister of India, H. D. Deve Gowda. Kumaraswamy is popularly known as "Kumaranna".
3) He completed his primary education in a government school in Hassan District. He finished his high school studies in Bangalore's MES Educational Institution in Jayanagar. He completed his PUC from Vijaya College and earned his B.Sc. from National College in Jayanagar, Bangalore. He married Anitha on 13 March 1986. Kumaraswamy and Anitha have a son, Nikhil Gowda.
4) He was Chief Minister of Karnataka from 4 February 2006 to 9 October 2007. GDP of state recorded all time high during this term and also he was called people's CM.