Karnataka election 2018: A party needs 113 seats for a majority in 224-member Karnataka assembly.
Karnataka voted today in a tight election that will decide the future of the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress, which is fighting to retain control of its last major state against a fierce campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to win another opposition-ruled state and secure a beachhead in the south ahead of his re-election bid in 2019. A final turnout of 72.1 per cent was recorded, just a shade better than 71.4 per cent recorded in 2013. This is the first test of Rahul Gandhi's leadership since he took charge as party chief in December. A party needs 112 for the 222 seats on which elections were held on Saturday. A poll of exit polls predicts a hung assembly
, with the BJP ahead of the Congress
, and the regional party Janata Dal Secular emerging kingmaker. The BJP and its allies are currently in power in 21 of India's 29 states, but after Karnataka, three more state elections will be due by the end of the year.