Congress to gain lion's share in Phase-I: Kharge

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Bangalore, May 10 (UNI) Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President Mallikarjuna Kharge today expressed confidence that the party would get about 47 seats out of 89 in the first phase of Karnataka Assembly elections, which was conducted peacefully today.

Speaking to UNI, he said according to reports he had received on today's poll, the Congress was expected to fare better than other political parties.

Mr Kharge said the Congress was expected to get two-thirds majority out of 28 seats in Bangalore urban area, including BBMP and a good number of seats in the remaining districts, coming under the first phase.

Reacting to low-turnout in 21 segments in BBMP area, the Congress leader regretted that large section of the urban population continued to show disinterest in participating in the democratic process.

Mr Kharge also lauded over the peaceful completion of poll.

''Second and third phase also should witness incident-free elections,'' he added.

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