HD Kumaraswamy offers prayers, BJP leading on 73 seats

New Delhi, May 15: JDS's HD Kumaraswamy offers prayers at Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math in Nagamangala ahead of counting of votes for Karnataka Elections 2018. Kumaraswamy is contesting from Ramanagara and Channapatna constituencies. 

According to reports, BJP is leading on 73 seats, Congress is leading on 71 seats, and JDS is leading on 32 seats. 

Counting of votes has already begun for the Karnataka Assembly elections, whichpollsters have said would likely go down to the wire, with a neck and neck race between the state's ruling Congress and challenger BJP.Several exit polls have predicted a hung Assembly, and said former prime minister H D Deve Gowda's JD(S) would play the role of the kingmaker.In one of the most high-profile and bitterly fought elections in recent times, 222 of the 224 seats went to polls on May 12.Polling for R R Nagar seat was deferred on account of alleged electoral malpractices, while it was countermanded in Jayanagar seat following the death of the BJP candidate.Counting of votes would begin at 8 am in nearly 40 counting centres, election office sources said. The trends are likely to begin to trickle within an hour and all results are expected to be declared by late evening.