- BJP's B Sriramulu offers prayers as counting of votes begins
- He is up against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Badami constituency
- 46-year-old eyeing the post of Deputy Chief Minister if BJP wins
Like Mr Siddaramaiah, Mr Sriramulu is contesting from a second constituency Molakalmuru near Ballari. But the BJP's hopes of beating the Chief Minister rest on him and he was among the few candidates who were given a chopper to hop constituencies during the campaign.
On Saturday, the day of election, Mr Sriramulu was photographed while performing "gau puja (cow worship)" before casting his vote. That ritual concluded his puja session today as well.
Just two days before Karnataka voted, the Congress released a video, claiming it shows Mr Sriramulu negotiating a bribe with the son-in-law of a former Supreme Court judge for a favourable verdict in an illegal mining case involving the Reddy brothers. The BJP has dismissed it as a fake.
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