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54% Vote in Bengaluru, Over 71% in the Rest of Karnataka

54% Vote in Bengaluru, Over 71% in the Rest of Karnataka”

The Karnataka polls on Saturday saw a massive turnout till 1 pm, as voting percentage touched 37 percent by afternoon. In Bengaluru, that push is coming from eateries that have urged voters in Bengaluru to come out in large numbers to vote. Weekend and the day of voting in the state where coffee drinking is the strongest culture, a restaurant opposite the Vidhan Soudha in a move to encourage voters and especially young and first-time voters.

If first-time voters show up with their inked fingers and voters' card, they can relish delectable dosa and coffee at Nisarga Grand Hotel, which is located on Nrupathunga Road in Sampangiram Nagar. While many of them are offering discounts on specified items, there are several which have assured discounts on their entire menu.

Even the popular Vasudev Adiga's is offering free coffee to voters, provided they order something from one of its 20 outlets. A cyber cafe in Rajajinagar are of Bengaluru is offering free internet access to voters. However, at this restaurant, voters will be able to avail this offer on Sunday as the restaurant remains closed on Saturdays. The cafe is also offering a discount on photocopying. Counting of votes in this seat will take place on May 31. Over 15 lakh people are first-time voters in the 18-19 age group. "The numbers in coastal region are also not indicative of anything unsual or spectacular", Pani said.The numbers in four regions of Bengaluru - Central (51%), North (49%), South (49%) and Urban (51%) - are well below the 2013 figures, a cause of worry for both the BJP and the Congress, which are locked in a close contest. After numerous campaigns and war of words, finally, the polling for the high-stakes assembly elections is here to decide the fate of the top parties.

The Congress had earlier responded to attempts to link the election ID cards to its candidate as a conspiracy, accusing the BJP of enacting the "drama" of raiding an apartment owned by a local BJP leader and planting "fake evidence".

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