A number of heavyweights are contesting the Lok Sabha election from this state. A former prime minister (HD Deve Gowda of Janata Dal (Secular)) and six former chief ministers are the fray. Special focus will be on IT czar Nandan Nilekani, who is taking on five-time MP Ananth Kumar from Bangalore South constituency.
Weather in Karnataka on April 17: Sunny and partly cloudy. Temperature expected to rise as the day progresses. Hence, it is advised to vote at the earliest to avoid the heat.
Other prominent candidates are BJP's BS Yeddyurappa, Union Congress minister Veerappa Moily and JD(S) leader and son of HD Deve Gowda, HD Kumaraswamy. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also fielded a number of candidates including another former IT man V Balakrishnan who is contesting from Bangalore Central.
Twenty-seven out of 28 Congress candidates in Karnataka are billionaires. Nandan Nilekani, with a declared asset of Rs 77 billion, is the richest candidate in fray.
6:54 pm: Karnataka sees final voter turnout of 67.28 per cent.
In Bangalore, Bangalore South witnessed 55.69 per cent turnout (44.74 per cent in 2009), Bangalore North saw 56.46 per cent (46.72 per cent in 2009) and Bangalore Central witnessed 55.7 per cent turnout (44.55 per cent in 2009). In Bangalore Rural, the voter turnout was 68 per cent (57.92 per cent in 2009).
6.15 pm: 70 per cent turnout in Udupi.
5.19 pm: 56% voter turnout in Karnataka till 5 pm
4.45 pm: Voting percentage till 3 pm: Shimoga 48%, Uttar Kannada 44%, Dharwad 47.2%, Haveri 49%, Bellary 53%, Koppala 43.10%, Bidar 38%, Raichur 41%, Gulbarga 44%, Bijapur 44%, Bagalakate 47.8%, Chikkodi 52%, Belagavi 45%, Kolara 44% and Chikkaballapura 50%.
4.35 pm: Monkeys disrupt polling in Davanagere district. Forest officials in action to rein them in.
4.30 pm: Polling disrupted in Gadag district due to heavy rain.
4.05 pm: 53% voter turnout in Karnataka till 4 pm, Bangalore South 40%, Bangalore North 37% and Bangalore Central 36%.
4.03 pm: 61% voter-turnout in Dakshin Kannada, 46% voter turnout in Mysore and Davanagere till 3 pm.
3.42 pm: Violence reported from Yadgir district of Karnataka. A mob reportedly pelted stones at the CRPF jawans.
3.30 pm: 40% voter turnout in Karnataka till 2.30 pm, 25% in Bangalore.
3.20 pm: BJP and Congress workers clash in Anekal near Bangalore. Polling booth damaged.
2.48 pm: 47% voter turnout in Dakshin Kannada constituency till 2 pm.
2.45 pm: Dr. Shivakumar Swamiji, 107-year-old, votes in Tumkur.
2.15 pm: There is a Modi wave everywhere, said BJP candidate from Bellary B Sriramulu.
2.10 pm: I did not want him to join politics in the beginning for I thought politics is not a good job. Later, I agreed for someone had to step in: Wife of AAP candidate and IT man V Balakrishnan.
2.07 pm: Karnataka witnessed 58.8% voter turnout in 2009 Lok Sabha and 71.8% turnout in 2013 assembly election.
1.59 pm: Nandan Nilekani and his family get their index fingers inked, instead of the thumb. [Read here]
1.36 pm: Drunkard smashes EVM in Nelamangla in Bangalore Rural constituency. The person was detained by police.
1.32 pm: 14% turnout in Bangalore Central till 12 noon. 20% voter in Bangalore North.
1.31 pm: I will vote for India, said Yasin Bhatka's mother in Karnataka [Read this Calcutta Telegraph story]
1.12 pm: Voter vomits on EVM in Sakleshpur in Hassan district. Electoral officers replace it with another one.
1.10 pm: Kolar Congress candidate KH Muniyappa turns the voting machine towards East and casts vote. Machine was facing south, which he felt not according to proper Vastu.
12.50 pm: Bits-and-pieces info on Karnataka polls:
Security personnel: 85,000
polling stations: 54,000
Polling personnel: Over 2.95 lakh (1.18 lakh women)
Video cameras installed: 6,072
Web cast facilities at 2,687 polling stations
Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) system: Bangalore South
12.20 pm: EC officials raid a textile good shop in BTM Layout area in Bangalore and sealed it after BJP workers were allegedly found distributing free sarees among those who voted for the party.
12.15 pm: Chikaballapur MP Veerappa Moily attacks Narendra Modi, says by declaring people's mandate himself, Modi has insulted them.
11.55 am: AAP workers allegedly attacked by followers of Congress's DK Shivakumar's in Ramnagar in Bangalore Rural constituency. Injured taken to hospital.
11.45 am: Voters refuse to vote in Koppal alleging lack of development work.
11.30 am: Electoral officer dies on duty in Raibhag, Chikkodi in Belgaum district. The deceased was identified as Bashir Saab Jariya (52).
11.28 am: Nanjundappa (65) dies in Kengeri (Bangalore North) after casting his vote.
11.25 am: 18 per cent of polling recorded in Karnataka till 10 am.
Polling for 121 Lok Sabha seats, 77 seats for Odisha Assembly & 2 by-elections in WB underway. Urging voters to vote in record numbers.
Polling for 121 Lok Sabha seats, 77 seats for Odisha Assembly & 2 by-elections in WB underway. Urging voters to vote in record numbers.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 17, 2014
11.07 am: Political leaders stop polling in Tumkur after local people seek money for voting.
10.52 am: In Chitradurga, sitting BJP MP Janardhana Swamy takes on Congress's B N Chandrappa. The Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Janata Dal (United), Aam Aadmi Party and Jamata Dal (Secular) have also fielded candidates from this seat. Swamy won by 1,35,571 votes in 2009.
10.39 am: 10% voter turnout in Karnataka till 9 am.
10.36 am: Infosys Chairman Narayan Murthy arrives for voting.
10.10 am: I am very confident that people will vote me into the Parliament, Nandan Nilekani says after casting his vote, according to ANI News.
9:50 am: BJP Bangalore South candidate Ananth Kumar casts his vote. His opponent from Nandan Nilekani also casts his vote.
9:45 am: Parties have various opinions about Modi; While Yeddyurappa (BJP) says that Narendra Modi will decide what we should be doing when he comes to power; May 16 will decide. Meanwhile Moily said that it will be disastrous if Modi became the PM.
9:30 am: Karnataka had 58.8% voter turnout in 2009.
9:05 am: Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha said the state election commission expects higher than 72 per cent polling recorded in the Assembly polls.
7.20 am: AAP candidate from Bangalore Central V Balakrishnan stresses local issues in his constituency. He is taking on Congress's Rizwan Arshad. Balakrishnan also said that he did not think that his party leader Arvind Kejriwal did anything wrong in quitting power in Delhi.
7.07 am: There is no Modi wave in South Bangalore, it is only an anti-Ananth Kumar wave in Bangalore South, said Congress candidate from this seat Nandan Nilakeni.
7:05 am: BS Yeddyurappa casts his vote in Shikaripur after offering puja at a temple. The Lingayat strongman who is contesting from Shimoga said he is confident of getting good marks in this election.
7:02 am: Bangalore South is the centre of debate as Nandan Nilekani is pitted against BJP's Ananthkumar. People have started coming and voting in this constituency.
7.00 am: Voting begins.