After a high-intensity campaign for Karnataka Assembly elections 2018, the state voted to elect a new House Saturday.
At the end of the day, if most exit polls are to be believed, Karnataka is heading towards a hung assembly with both the Congress and the BJP failing to get a clear majority. The exit polls are also divided about which out of the two would be the single largest party.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah-led Congress and the BJP are the main contenders for power. However, most pre-poll surveys have predicted a fractured mandate and suggested that former prime minister H D Deve Gowda's JD(S) may play the kingmaker's role.
Karnataka recorded a turnout of 64% till 5pm while the final count is yet to come.