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Polling Ends in Karnataka With Around 70% Voter Turnout Polling has ended in Karnataka, a state which has become a staging ground for a larger electoral battle that India will see in 2019

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Polling began at 7 am to elect the next government in Karnataka, a state which has become the staging ground for a larger electoral battle that India will see in 2019.

Nearly 5 crore electors of Karnataka are voting today to elect their representatives from around 2600 candidates.

Voting is being conducted for 222 of the 224-member state assembly as the Election Commission deferred polling in RR Nagar constituency yesterday and in Jayanagar constituency following the death of a candidate.

The staggering numbers too tell their own story. There are 4,96,82,357 registered voters who will vote in 56,696 polling stations to elect their representatives from 2636 candidates as per data released by the Election Commission.

The runup to the polls has been hard fought; with a bitter exchange of words, politics around caste, many allegations and their counter forming much of the campaign theme.

The ruling Congress party-led government is looking to prove history, and the naysayers wrong by eyeing a second-term.  And the Bharatiya Janata Party putting the might of its battle-hardened star campaigners to wrest power.

Much is at stake for Chief Minister Siddaramaiah as he eyes a second stint, a never repeated feat in Karnataka in the past 30 years. The BJP is looking to storm the southern citadel, its first if it wins, by riding its recent good form in state elections.

The counting of votes will be held on May 15.

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