Karnataka is witnessing a tough fight between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress as counting of votes is underway in the southern state after polling took place on May 10.
The state recorded a turnout of 73.19% voters this time around, with exit polls predicting mixed results, giving Congress an edge over the BJP. Some of them even hinted at a hung assembly in Karnataka, raising questions on whether a coalition government could be formed.
The BJP aims to create history by breaking an electoral jinx as Karnataka has not voted an incumbent party back to power since 1985. This election is also being seen as the first step towards victory in the 2024 Lok Sabha election.