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Karnataka Election 2023: Major Candidates, Voter Turnouts, Exit Polls

While there are rumours of a hung assembly (no party winning a majority), CM Basavaraj Bommai and his adversary from the Congress, DK Shivakumar, disagree.

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Karnataka Election 2023: On May 13, 2023, the results of the Karnataka Elections will be announced, and both the BJP and the Congress are confident of securing an absolute majority. According to the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka, there was a record-breaking voter turnout of 73.19 percent on May 10 during elections for the 224-member assembly. While there are rumours of a hung assembly (no party winning a majority), CM Basavaraj Bommai and his adversary from the Congress, DK Shivakumar, disagree.

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CM Basavaraj Bommai ran against Congress leader Yasir Ahmed Khan Pathan and Sashidhar Channabasappa Yaligar of the Janata Dal Secular (JDS) from the Shiggaon constituency. Bommai has won three elections here previously, in 2008, 2013, and 2018.


Veteran Congress candidate Siddaramaiah ran against Minister V Somanna and JD(S) candidate Bharathi Shankar. Siddaramaiah, the former chief minister of Karnataka, expressed confidence in his victory and that of the Congress, which he predicts will win 130-150 seats. Notably, the voter turnout in Varuna was the highest to date at 84.74%.


DK Shivakumar, the president of the Karnataka Congress, contested the assembly election in Kanakapura, where over 85 percent of eligible voters participated. Seven-time MLA Shivakumar faced six-time MLA R Ashoka of the BJP. He will be aiming for his fourth consecutive victory, as the MLA has not lost since 2008.


Son of BJP veteran and former chief minister BS Yediyurappa, BY Vijayendra ran against Congress candidate Goni Malatesha in Shikaripura. This constituency’s voter participation rate was 82.6%. Shikaripura is also regarded as the BJP’s stronghold, as the party has only lost there twice since 1983, in 1999 and 2013.


In Ramnagara’s Channapatna constituency, JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy ran against BJP candidate Goutham Gowda and Congress candidate Iqbal Hussain.

Hubli Dharwad Central District

Former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, who deserted the BJP days before the election, ran on a Congress ticket from Hubli Dharwad Central. He was pitted against Mahesh Tenginkai of the BJP, who predicted his victory by a significant margin. A voter participation rate of 64.18 percent was recorded in this district.

Voter turnout unprecedented in the Karnataka elections of 2023.

The ultimate voter participation rate for the Karnataka elections of 2023 was 73.19 percent, according to the Chief Electoral Office. Chikkaballapura district had the highest voter turnout with 85.56 percent, followed by Bengaluru Rural with 85.08 percent, and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) South limits (portions of Bengaluru city) with 52.33 percent, according to official data.

“Largely peaceful voting in all 224 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka, and no indication of a re-vote in any of the 58,558 polling stations,” the Election Commission (EC) reported after polls closed on May 10 at 6 p.m. The five districts with the highest voter turnout are all located in the Old Mysuru region, which is considered the JD(S) stronghold. Even the Congress wields considerable influence, leaving the BJP as the weakest party.

Major issues that will determine the election outcome in Karnataka

The ultimate election results in Karnataka will depend on a number of variables. Since the Bommai administration abolished the 4% reservation quota for Muslims, reservation has become one of these concerns. In contrast to the BJP’s position that reservations should not be based on religion, the Congress has pledged to reinstate the reservation quota if elected.

The Amul dispute also flared up in the final days leading up to the election. The rivalry between the Gujarat-based dairy company and Karnataka’s Nandini brand snowballed into a full-blown political issue, which opposition leaders exploited. Fearing that Amul would end Nandini’s monopoly in the state, Congress and JDS leaders supported Nandini and pledged to keep Amul out of Karnataka if they are elected. During election campaigns, opposition parties also raised the issue of corruption and labelled the BJP administration a “40% sarkar.” Religion was another card played by the parties. While Congress pledged to outlaw the Bajrang Dal, the BJP urged electors to reject Congress because it “attempted to lock up Bajrang Bali.”

What does the exit survey indicate?

The P-MARQ exit poll predicted that the Congress would have a slight advantage over the Basavaraj Bommai-led BJP, while also indicating the possibility of a hung assembly. The exit poll predicts that the Congress will win between 94 and 108 seats in the state assembly. The BJP will presumably win 85 to 100 seats, followed by the JD(S) with 24 to 32 seats. Independents and candidates from other parties are projected to receive 2 to 6 seats. In the outgoing Assembly, the BJP has 116 MLAs, the Congress 69, the JD(S) 29, the BSP one, the speaker one, and six seats are vacant (due to fatalities and resignations in advance of the elections).