Vote count begins in Karnataka

Bangalore, May 8 (IANS) Counting of votes began Wednesday across Karnataka to elect a new assembly, three days after the state witnessed a heavy electoral turnout of 71.29 percent.

The verdict expected by midday will decide the fate of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and others such as the Congress, the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and the newly formed Karnataka Janata Party (KJP).

Though the assembly has 225 members, including one nominated from the Anglo-Indian community, election was held in 223 of the 224 constituencies as polling in Periyapatna was cancelled following the death of the BJP candidate Sannamoge Gowda April 29.

In all, 2,970 candidates, including 170 women, were in the fray, with the national and regional parties contesting in almost all the constituencies.

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