BJP emerged as single largest party as decisive trends surfaced in Karnataka. BJP stood at 112, Congress at 67 and JD (S) at 36, taking the margin of difference between the two leading parties way beyond 40. Staking claim, BJP General Secretary Arun Jaitley told media in New Delhi that Governor should invite BJP to form government.
Counting of votes of the Karnataka Assembly elections, whose outcome could have a bearing on national politics, is underway in 48 centres across the state under tight security. More than 6,000 officials are tabulating the votes. About 65 per cent of around 42 million electorate voted in the three-phase elections May 10, 16 and 22 to pick 224 members from among 2,241 candidates.
There are 108 women contestants, a majority of them independents.