Karnataka Elections 2018: The key numbers to know ahead of voting day

Karnataka Elections 2018: The key numbers to know ahead of voting day”

The Karnataka Lingayat strongman nearly single-handedly built the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka, even led the saffron outfit's first government in the State, and is the party's chief ministerial candidate. Sonia Gandhi, who had collapsed during an election campaign at Varanasi, was out of campaigning for more than two years.

BJP candidate B Sriramulu be disqualified from contesting the Karnataka assembly elections, the Congress has petitioned the Election Commission, over a video it claims shows Mr Sriramulu negotiating a bribe with a relative of a former Supreme Court judge for a favourable verdict in an illegal mining case involving the Reddy brothers.

Asserting that "Gandhi has acquired political strength and clout", the ruling BJP ally pointed out that this was effectively demonstrated in the December 2017 Gujarat Assembly polls.

A single-phase polling will be held for the 223 constituencies, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for Scheduled Tribes.

The third force in the Karnataka political battle, the JDS also left no stone unturned to woo voters.

An officer in the CEO's office said a report has been sent to the election commission about the video and directions have been issued to the news channels not to air the video clip.

Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra are now contesting parties in the Mhadei inter-state water disputes tribunal over the controversial Kalsa-Bhandura dam project across Mhadei river, through which Karnataka aims to divert water from the Mhadei basin.

Adequate numbers of police and paramilitary forces have been deployed to ensure free and fair elections. VVPATs will be used along with EVMs in all 56,696 polling stations of 224 assembly constituencies.

Some polling stations in tribal areas will have ethnic look, sources said, adding government employees with disabilities will do duty at select polling stations for the first time. In a press confrence at bengaluru, Shah launched a scathing attack congress president and CM Siddaramaiah and expressed confidence that BJP will win the state. The Janata Dal (Secular) which had been a kingmaker in the past is in the fray in 200 constituencies with its alliance partner Bahujan Samaj Party contesting for 18 seats.

■ 40: The number of seats the JDS had won in the 2013 Karnataka elections, improving its performance in the 2008 polls when it had won 28 seats.

"The ink rule is now over, but the BJP is rigging EVMs to win elections". The BJP secured 43% of the total votes.

"The Congress is trying its traditional, non-democratic ways to win the elections. Upon viewing the video, there can be no doubt as to the agenda of the meeting taking place", the Congress said in its memorandum.

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