Karnataka poll results 2018 UPDATES: BJP's Jagadish Shettar declared winner of Dhardwad-Hubli constituency

Simple majority of 112 seats eluded BJP and the Congress quickly gave its support to the third-placed JD(S) to keep the saffron party out of power in the southern states.

Published: 15th May 2018 07:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2018 03:11 AM   |  A+A-

Former Karnataka CM and BJP leader Jagadish Shettar (Express Archive Photo)

By Online Desk

The Karnataka Assembly election results ended in a suspense today, as a simple majority of 112 seats eluded BJP and the Congress quickly gave its support to the third-placed JD(S) to keep the saffron party out of power in the southern states. 

Both the sides rushed to state Governor Vajubhai Vala. While BJP's Chief Ministerial face BS Yeddyurappa has to pitch for a floor test within a week to prove majority, JD(S) chief  HD Kumaraswamy submitted a letter to Vala, stating that the Congress is giving unconditional support to his party.


At the end of counting on Tuesday, the BJP ended up with 103 confirmed seats after leading in around 115 seats around noon. The party, which had a vote share of 38 per cent, saw a drop of around 2 per cent in its vote share which went in favour of the Congress (which ended up with 78 seats in total out of 222 constituencies).

Here are five options before Karnataka Governor to form the next government

The JDS, with 37 seats however turned out to be the party which stands to benefit the most with the least number of seats as the Congress expressed its willingness to partner with the JDS and even support State President HD Kumaraswamy as the Chief Minister in order to keep the BJP from forming the Government.

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Former Karnataka CM and BJP leader Jagadish Shettar wins Hubli-Dharwad-Central

The EC announces BJP's Jagadish Shettar as the winner from the Hubli-Dharwad-Central constituency. There was a mismatch between actual votes cast and actual votes reflected on the EVMs in this constituency. It reportedly showed 207 votes more than the actual number.

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11:25 May 15

H D Kumaraswamy would be the chief minister of the JDS-led government supported by the Congress, outgoing chief minister Siddaramaiah said today after a meeting between the two parties over a power deal. Siddaramaiah and Kumaraswamy also dismissed reports that a section of MLAs of their parties were unhappy over their joining hands in government formation.

10:10 May 15

I spoke to HD Kumaraswamy & congratulated him for his party’s victory. I am sure as he will discharge his constitutional responsibility in a better way as compared to his predecessors & Karnataka will progress under his leadership. Karnataka assembly results have brought down Muslim representation in the Assembly and this should be a cause of concern for every political party which believes in diversity & pluralism: AIMIM Chief, Asaduddin Owaisi.

10:08 May 15
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Tomorrow at 10:30 am in BJP legislative party meeting, I am going to be elected as party leader. After that all MLAs are going to meet the Governor to request him to allow BJP to form govt. Now the ball is in the court of the Governor. We will do as he decides: BS Yeddyurappa.

09:34 May 15

JD(S)' HD Deve Gowda & HD Kumaraswamy are in meeting with Congress leaders including Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, DK Shivakumar and Mallikarjun Kharge in Bengaluru.

09:21 May 15

Will fight for you: Rahul Gandhi tells Karnataka voters

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G Parameshwara of Congress to be the Deputy CM: Baiju Narajan, JD(S)

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In 2019 we will not only form the govt under the leadership of Modi Ji but also form a New India in 2022: Amit Shah

08:01 May 15

In 2019 we will not only form the govt under the leadership of Modi Ji but also form a New India in 2022: Amit Shah

08:01 May 15

This is the 15th election. BJP has already won the last 14 elections. This is the 15th consecutive election where BJP is going to win: Amit Shah, BJP President in Delhi

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Have shown that Congress & JD(S) have a clear majority. Yeddyurappa is saying that BJP's single largest party, but single largest party doesn't necessarily form govt. I think Governor should invite the groups having the majority: Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao

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Options before Karnataka governor

With no party reaching the halfway mark, the ball is now in the court of Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala. Click here to find the five options before the governor to form the next government. 

07:31 May 15

Karnataka BJP legislative party meeting scheduled to be held at 10:30 am tomorrow. (ANI)

07:17 May 15


BJP President Amit Shah arrives for Parliamentary Board meeting at BJP headquarters in New Delhi. (Shekhar Yadav | EPS)

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Siddaramaiah addresses joint press conference with HD Kumaraswamy outside Raj Bhavan. He says, "we have made it very clear to the Governor that Congress will accord unconditional support to JDS to form government. Kumaraswamy has also submitted a letter for the same to the Governor. He will get list from Election Commission and take a decision within the framework of the law. BJP may try, BJP is known for it, but this time they will not succeed." Siddaramaiah. Democracy dictates that Government must be formed only if you have the numbers, we are a coalition with 118 seats. To form government 111 seats are needed, we have the right to form government under law."

06:12 May 15

Siddaramaiah of Congress and JD (S)'s HD Kumaraswamy address joint press conference at Raj Bhavan


05:53 May 15

Entirely up to 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. He's expected to appoint only that person as CM who is likely to command majority support: S Kashyap, Constitutional expert

05:53 May 15

BJP Parliamentary Board to meet at 7 pm at party headquarters in Delhi today.

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JD(S) legislative party meeting called at 6:15 pm today in Bengaluru.

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Congress delegation arrives at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru. JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswamy, along with former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, DK Shivakumar and other party MLAs go inside the Raj Bhawan.

05:39 May 15

Congress wins Pavgada constituency by a margin of 500 votes. Possibly the lowest margin in this election so far.

05:39 May 15

Dinesh Gundu Rao, while leaving from HD Devegowda's house, says, "We have agreed for a coalition without any conditions of our own."

05:29 May 15

JD(S)'s HD Kumaraswamy arrives at Raj Bhawan to meet Karnataka Governor in Bengaluru.

05:28 May 15

Just now we met Governor because we are single largest party, and that he allows us to prove majority in the Assembly: BS Yeddyurappa

05:27 May 15

HD Kumaraswamy leaves HD Devegowda residence in Padmanabnagar to meet the Governor.

05:25 May 15

BS Yeddyurappa , Ananth Kumar, Shobha Karandlaje & Rajeev Chandrasekhar have entered Raj Bhavan to meet the governor.

05:15 May 15

100 percent we will form the government: BS Yeddyurappa

05:14 May 15
05:06 May 15

Congress & JDS has 117, we need 111 to form the govt. Since we were in power, and we lost, we have given our support for JDS led govt. BJP has 104, we are ahead of them : Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress

04:59 May 15

I have taken an appointment with Karnataka Governor for 5 pm. We should be forming the govt as we are the single largest party : BS Yeddyurappa

04:40 May 15

"I'm here with our independent MLA. The independent MLA, Nagesh and other MLAs are with us. We have the numbers. We want a secular government in Karnataka," says DK Shivakumar, Congress.

04:30 May 15
04:29 May 15

JD(S) State President HD Kumaraswamy writes letter to governor

In the letter, Kumaraswamy says, "I have accepted the support extended by the Indian National Congress for forming the Government. I seek your appointment today evening between 5.30 PM and 6 PM."

04:22 May 15
04:20 May 15

Siddaramaiah submits resignation to Governor


Congress leader Siddaramaiah

04:19 May 15

We will decide the future course of action after consulting leadership: BS Yeddyurappa

04:18 May 15
04:08 May 15

I thank the people of Karnataka for giving this mandate to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Congress is trying to come to power through back door, people will not tolerate this: BS Yeddyurappa

04:07 May 15
04:07 May 15

The people have rejected the Congress and accepted BJP. People are moving towards Congress mukt Karnataka: BS Yeddyurappa

04:00 May 15
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JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan & Prakash Javadekar are going to Bengaluru today.

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We had a telephonic conversation with Deve Gowda ji & Kumaraswamy. They have accepted our offer. Hopefully, we will be together: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad

02:53 May 15

Congress, JD(S) ready to form government

We've accepted the people's mandate and it has come to a situation where no party has got the majority. We have approached JD (S) to form the government and we will be meeting the governor regarding the same, says Karnataka Congress chief G Parmeshwara.

02:42 May 15
02:36 May 15

Just one time, I want BJP to head into elections with ballot papers & not EVMs. All the apprehensions will go away: Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray

02:26 May 15

Mangaluru south sitting MLA and Congress candidate JR Lobo defeated by Vedavyas Kamath submits letter to RO on need to avoid usage of EVMs in next elections and revert back to old system of ballot boxes.

02:25 May 15

Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy wins in BTM Layout for 7th successive time. Beats BJP's Lallesh Reddy by 20,490 votes.

02:24 May 15

Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily today described early trends suggesting a BJP victory in the Karnataka Assembly polls as 'quite disappointing' and attributed his party's loss to 'wrong caste management'.

01:53 May 15

As the BJP heads towards a possible victory in the Karnataka Elections 2018, party's general secretary Ram Madhav accredited the RSS cadres for enormously helping the party in Karnataka

01:51 May 15

JD(S) opens its account at Vijayapura with a win of Devanad Chavan against Congress candidate Vittal K and BJP's Gopal Karjol, who is the son of Govind Karjol.

01:51 May 15
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Congress is now opposing for the sake of it. In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, we will certainly win: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

01:13 May 15
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Three BJP candidates who have already won: R Ashok in Padmanabhanaga, M Satish Reddy in Bommanahalli and Ravi Subramanya L A in Basavanagudi.

01:01 May 15
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BJP candidate KG Bopaiah wins in Virajpet constituency with 13,353 votes.

12:39 May 15

CM Siddaramaiah seals victory at Badami against BJP's Sriramulu Siddaramaiah: Congress 61,000 B Sriramulu: BJP 56,822 Hanamantha Mavinamarad: JD(S) 21,802

12:37 May 15
I would like to thank the people of Karnataka for this mandate. Also, credit goes to the hard work of PM Modi and Amit Shah ji, as well as state leadership,party workers and RSS cadre. BJP's southward march has begun: BJP leader Ram Madhav
12:37 May 15
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Congress candidature Siddu Nayamagouda seals victory against BJPs Srikanth Kulkarni at Jamkhandi.

12:35 May 15
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The fight between Congress and BJP in the Bengaluru region is currently neck-to-neck, as candidates of both Parties are leading in 12 constituencies each, with JDS leading in two constituencies.

11:44 May 15
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KS Eshwarappa leads by 32,000 votes in 113- Shivamogga constituency against KB Prasanna Kumar of Congress

11:42 May 15
11:42 May 15

First time BJP marks it's victory in Hassan which is JD(S) bastion

11:41 May 15

Sringeeri D Jeevraj marks hatrrick win

11:39 May 15
11:38 May 15

DK Shivakumar and KJ George arrive at Siddharamaiah's residence

11:22 May 15

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?: Congress leader Mohan Prakash

11:22 May 15
11:21 May 15

Congratulations to the winners of the Karnataka elections. For those who lost, fight back. If Congress had gone into an alliance with the JD(S), the result would have been different. Very different: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

11:19 May 15
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10:57 May 15
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10:54 May 15

BJP marching ahead to make a clean sweep in Coastal Karnataka. Leads in 17 seats out of 19 in Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi districts

10:54 May 15

Minister H Anjaneya lost by 24,800 votes in Holalkere. BJP's Chandrappa wins.

10:53 May 15

BS Yeddyurappa leads with 19,000 after 10th round

10:52 May 15
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10:47 May 15

BJP leads in Ballari rural, Ballari urban, Kudalgi, Kampli and Siraguppa. Congress leads in 89- Hagaribommanahalli, 90- vijayanagar, Sandur and 88- Hadagali

10:46 May 15

In Badami, Siddaramaiah- with 16649 votes is in a neck and neck fight with BJP's B Sriramulu who has registered 16531 till 10.30 AM. In Chamundeshwari, Siddaramaiah is trailing by massive margin 13,113 votes with 19390 against JD(S)' G T Devegowda's 32503 votes.

10:46 May 15

Siddaramaiah is the first Chief Minister in Karnataka to have completed a full term in office in forty years.

10:45 May 15

Despite all the confidence, he expressed about contesting from two seats, Karnataka's sitting Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is trailing in Home turf Chamundeshwari but is leading by a thread in Badami.

10:33 May 15

Badami: B Sriramulu leads CM Siddaramaiah by 420 votes

10:31 May 15

Veerappa Moily says too early to concede defeat

Too early to concede defeat: Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily

10:29 May 15

MB Patil gains huge lead of 12500 votes against BJPs Vijayakumar S Patil

10:29 May 15

KPCC women's wing president Laxmi Hebbalkar leads in Belagavi Rural constituency

10:28 May 15

KPCC President Dr G Parameshwar leads with slender margin in Koratagere constituency

10:27 May 15
10:23 May 15

JD(S) Sa Ra Mahesh leads in Krishnarajanagar constituency by 360 votes

10:23 May 15

Molakalmuru: BJP's B Sriramulu leads with 5,058 votes

10:22 May 15

Holalkere: Congress minister H Anjaneya trailing with 3,052 votes

10:22 May 15
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10:20 May 15

CM Siddaramaiah trailing by 16000 votes in Chamundeshwari, leading in Badami.

10:20 May 15

BJP wins Sullia

10:19 May 15

Congress wins Mangalore

Minister UT Khader wins in Mangalore.
10:14 May 15

Official EC trends

BJP leading on 85 seats

Congress leading on 47 seats

JD(S) leading on 35 seats

Others leading on 02 seats

10:11 May 15
10:06 May 15

BJP has won Moodbidri in Dakshina Kannada for the first time snatching away the seat from Congress' K Abhaychandra Jain.

10:05 May 15

After completion of fourth round of counting, CM Siddaramaiah leads by 2100 votes in Badami.

10:03 May 15

WATCH | Party supporters chant slogans at BMS college counting center in Bengaluru

10:01 May 15

"There is no question of alliance with JDS as we are already crossing 112 seats," says Sadananda Gowda, BJP.

10:00 May 15

BJP's Bharat Shetty leads with 7136 votes in Mangaluru North.

10:00 May 15

Bhatkal constituency BJP candidate is leading by 5730 votes in the third around over Congress candidate.

09:59 May 15

Kundapur BJP candidate Halady Srinivas Shetty maintains lead against Congress' Rakesh Malli with 6,278 votes at the end of second round of counting.

09:57 May 15

BJP edging closer to the magic number, currently leads at 106 constituencies.

09:54 May 15

"Correct position will be known at 11-11.30 am. I am going to discuss the possibility of alliance with JD(S) with Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot," says Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress.

09:50 May 15

BJP wins in Moodabidri

09:39 May 15
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Shivajinagar: INC 4881, BJP 2823 and JD(S) 92

09:32 May 15
09:31 May 15

BJP CM Candidate BS Yeddyurappa leading from Shikaripura seat by 3420 votes over Congress's GB Malatesh

09:27 May 15

Govindarajanagar constituency: BJP candidate V Somanna leads over Priya Krishna of Congress by 1201 votes.

09:26 May 15

CN Balakrishna of JD(S) leading by 6000 in Shravanabelagola.

09:25 May 15

Uttara Kannada: Karwar constituency JD(S) candidate Anand Asnotikar leading in first round.

09:25 May 15

Belagavi South BJP candidate Abhay Patil leads by 3000 votes after first round.

09:24 May 15

Official EC trends: BJP leading on 58 seats,Congress leading on 27 seats, JDS on 24 and others on 3 seats

09:23 May 15

Second round completed at Chamrajpet: BJP 2495, INC 3324, JD(S) 2198

09:21 May 15
09:21 May 15

CM Siddaramaiah trailing by 11624 votes at Chamundeshwari against JD(S) candidate GT Devegowda

09:20 May 15
09:19 May 15

Govindarajanagar constituency: BJP candidate V Somanna leads over Priya Krishna of Congress by 1201 votes, trends as at 9 am

09:19 May 15

Minister of Food and civil supplies UT Khader leads round two of 15 of Ullal with 13009 votes

09:18 May 15

BJP candidate KG Bopaiah leading with 4218 votes in Virajpet constituency.

09:18 May 15
09:11 May 15

WATCH | Huge crowds gathered at BMS college counting centre in Bengaluru

09:09 May 15

Uttara Kannada: Haliyal constituency Congress candidate RV Deshpande leading in first around.

09:03 May 15
09:03 May 15

Official EC trends: BJP leading on 22 seats,Congress leading on 13 seats, JDS on 3 and others on 1

09:02 May 15
09:01 May 15

BJP candidate BS Sriramulu is expected to arrive Badami at 9.45 am from Bellary.

09:01 May 15

Counting of Chamaraja, Periyapatna and KR Nagar yet to start.

09:00 May 15

Bijapur City: BJP candidate Basanagouda Patil in lead.

08:59 May 15

JD(S) GT Devegowda leading by more than 8000 votes against CM Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari.

08:52 May 15
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08:45 May 15

Big Money Power

This year, the polls saw an all-time-high Rs 92.70 crore being seized from 33 segment districts, of which Gadag topped after Rs 15.31 crore were confiscated from there.

08:44 May 15

At 8.44 am, BJP leading in Karnataka as well as Bengaluru.

08:39 May 15

Priyank Kharge son of Mallikarjun Kharge trailing at Chittapur at 8.34 am.

08:36 May 15
08:35 May 15

At 8.30 am, HD Revanna from JDS leading by 2000 votes at Holenarasipura.

08:34 May 15
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CM Siddaramaiah trailing in both Badami and Chamundeshwari.

08:23 May 15

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah leading in Badami.

08:21 May 15

Anticipating clashes in communally sensitive Vijayapura, district administration has deployed CRP, ITBT and KSRP personnel in select localities.

08:13 May 15
08:10 May 15

Counting begins in 38 centres across Karnataka.

08:08 May 15

Senior party leaders will decide on this, but we are confident and hope to form Government on our own: Dr.Yathindra, Congress candidate from Varuna and son of CM Siddaramaiah on possibility of post poll alliance with JDS

08:07 May 15

JDS's HD Kumaraswamy offers prayers at Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math in Nagamangala ahead of counting of votes

08:04 May 15
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One Rapid Action Force (RAF) company and 20 Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) companies also deployed in Bengaluru.

07:48 May 15

50,000 police personnel deployed across 38 counting centres in state,11,000 in Bengaluru alone.

07:45 May 15

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: Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat

07:44 May 15
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Security deployed outside a counting center in Kalaburagi ahead of counting of votes for Karnataka Elections 2018


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  • STChandrasekhar babu

    Can Sri yedurappa prove majority without encouraging horse trading with due sanctity to anti defection law
    4 years ago reply
  • Thobla Ghanti

    Only you predicted a Congress Victory. Why propagate things which is only sustainable for one or two days? Ther BJP hatred of your journalists requires some rational thinking as well. Otherwise you look stupid.
    4 years ago reply
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