10 May 2023

Karnataka Elections 2023: 37 pc turnout till 1 pm

Bengaluru: A 37.25 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in Karnataka till 1 pm.

Polling is being held for 224 seats in what is being seen mainly as a three-cornered contest between the ruling BJP, the Congress and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda's Janata Dal-Secular.

The electoral fate of top leaders--Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Congress veterans Siddaramaiah and D K Shivakumar and JD-S leader H D Kumaraswamy among others will be sealed during the day-long exercise.

'Kerala Story will not have any effect in Karnataka'

The wife of Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar said she was 100% sure that her husband would win. Congress government will come. The Kerala Story will not have any effect in Karnataka. I appeal to people to vote for Congress, she said.

CM Bommai (Shiggaon), Leader of Opposition and former CM Siddaramaiah (Varuna), JD-S leader Kumaraswamy (Channapatna), Shivakumar (Kanakapura) are the among the top candidates in the fray.

Besides Siddaramaiah and Kumaraswamy, Jagadish Shettar (Hubli-Dharwad Central) is the other former chief minister who is contesting this election. Shettar had recently joined the Congress, quitting the BJP.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, former chief minister B S Yediyurappa, IT industry veteran N R Narayana Murthy along with wife Sudha Murty, and Mysuru royal family member 'Rajamate' Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, were among the early voters who cast their ballots. for Karnataka elections 2023.

Senior Congress leader G Parameshwara, and ministers including R Ashoka, Araga Jnanendra, C N Ashwath Narayan and K Sudhakar also exercised their franchise in the initial hours of polling.

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