Early trends in the results of Karnataka urban local bodies elections indicates that Congress-JD(S) combine are likely to capture upto 60 per cent of seats. Till now, they have won 52% of the declared seats.
According to the latest reports out of 2709 seats, 844 have been declared. Congress is leading in 331 seats, BJP in 303, JDS in 102 and Independents in 96. Out of the 105 Urban Legislative Bodies, Congress leads in 46, BJP in 36, JDS in 13 and others in four seats. The result of six ULBs is yet to come.
Even though Congress and JD(S) fought separately, they have agreed to come together whenever results are hung. Together they are leading in 60% seats across the state.According to reports, Kerala CM Kumaraswamy has cancelled all engagements till lunch and is closely following the counting on television.
Counting is underway for the 105 urban local bodies across Karnataka that went to polls on August 31. The polls registered a record turnout of 68 per cent for elections to the 2,662 civic wards spanning 29 city municipalities, 53 town municipalities, 23 town panchayats and 135 wards at Mysuru, Shivamogga and Tumakuru city corporations.
A total of 8,340 candidates, including 2,306 from the Congress, 2,203 from the BJP and 1,397 from the JD-S contested in the urban local body elections. The Congress and JD (S) did not rule out on forming a post-poll alliance to keep the BJP out of power.
In the 2013 urban local bodies elections held in 4,976 seats, the Congress had won 1,960 seats, while the BJP and the JD-S had won 905 seats each, and Independents had bagged the remaining 1,206 seats. The full list of results is expected to be declared by night