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    Karnataka will create history, show way to progressive governance, says a 'confident' Siddaramaiah

    By oneindia staff

    Bengaluru, May 12: As the voting for Assembly elections started early in the morning in Karnataka on Saturday, incumbent Congress chief minister Siddaramaiah took to Twitter to express gratitude to the people of the state for their "support".

    In his tweet, he said that the people of Karnataka will "create history" by showing the nation the way to "liberal, progressive, peaceful and compassionate politics and governance".


    "Today People of Karnataka are standing in queues to create history & show the nation the way to liberal, progressive, peaceful & compassionate politics & governance. I thank them for their support & wish them well," Siddaramaiah wrote on the micro-blogging site.

    On Thursday, Siddaramaiah debunked the theory that the Congress will not form the next government in the state, as every election the incumbent party has lost polls in the southern state.

    "People of Karnataka will answer that question on 12th May. And they will do so decisively. I am often told history is against me as no sitting govt in Karnataka has been re-elected in a long time. But we are here to create history & not to obey it," the CM said.

    A total of 224 seats are up for grabs in Karnataka. However, on Saturday, polling took place for only 222 seats. The voting in the two constituencies-- Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Jayanagar--both in Bengaluru--will take place later.

    The Election Commission deferred polling to the Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency over "fake" electoral identity cards that were discovered on Tuesday. Polling in the constituency will now be held on May 28 and counting will take place on May 31.

    However, the results of the rest of the 222 seats will be out on May 15. Polling had earlier been countermanded in Jayanagar constitunency following the death of the sitting BJP legislator BN Vijay Kumar a few days ago.

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