Congress increases Karnataka lead

Bangalore, May 8 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday led the pack in Karnataka, taking possible winning leads in 96 of the over 200 seats as votes cast in the state election were counted.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led far behind in 37 seats, election officials said. Even the Janata Dal-Secular was ahead of the BJP in five seats.

Counting trends were available in over 200 of the 223 seats for which voting took place Sunday.

The Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) of former BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa was ahead of others in 12 constituencies.

The assembly has 224 elected and one nominated members. Election took place for 223 seats as election was cancelled in one constituency after the BJP candidate died.

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