April 22, 2019 | 12:07 AM IST

Karnataka Municipal polls: Congress leads with 954 seats, BJP 905 seats

Karnataka’s Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) election results are scheduled to be out today with counting set to begin at 8am. Voting was held in 21 out of 30 districts of Karnataka for a total of 105 municipal bodies. Congress is leading with 954 seats while BJP had 905 seats and the Janata Dal Secular (JDS) has 364 seats, suggests the last updated report as counting for the remaining seats is underway. The ruling JDS and Congress have said to extend their coalition alliance in Karnataka to the ULBs ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 to keep the opposition BJP out of power. Out of total 105 ULBs went to the polls, 29 are city municipal councils, 53 town municipal councils, and 23 town panchayats. An impressive 67.51 per cent voter turnout was recorded. Analysts say that the Karnataka polls are a straight clash between the Congress and Centre-ruling BJP in the coastal belt, Bombay-Karnataka and Hyderabad-Karnataka regions. However, JDS is said to have greater advantages in the old Mysore region.

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