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Karnataka CM Siddharamaiah inducts 28 ministers

Siddaramaiah inducts 28 new Ministers

Karnataka Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah today inducted 28 Ministers in his Council of Ministers, five days after he was sworn in at the head of the new Government in the state.

Twenty of the Ministers are of Cabinet rank while the rest are Ministers of State. They were adminstered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor H R Bhardwaj at a function at Raj Bhavan.
 
The new Cabinet Ministers include veteran R V Deshpande and former Union Ministers V Srinivasa Prasad and actor-turned-politician M H Ambarish. Film actress Umashree is the only woman in the Ministry.
 
Four MLAs from Bangalore have been included in the Ministry -- Ramalinga Reddy and K J George, who have been given Cabinet rank -- and Krishna Byregowda and Dinesh Gundurao, son of late Chief Minister R Gundu Rao, who have been given Minister of State rank.
 
The new Cabinet Ministers are: R.V. Deshpande, Shamanur Shivashankarappa, T.B. Jayachandra, Ramalinga Reddy, Prakash Hukkeri, Qamarul Islam, H.K. Patil, V. Srinivas Prasad, H.C. Mahadevappa, H.S. Mahadeva Prasad, K.J. George, Vinay Kumar Sorake, Ramanath Rai, Baburao Chinchanasur, M.H. Ambareesh, Shivaraj Thangadagi, U.T. Khader, M.B. Patil, Satish Jharkiholi and H. Anjaneya.
 
The Ministers of State are: Dinesh Gundu Rao, Krishna Byregowda, S.P. Rudrappa Patil, K. Abhay Chandra Jail, Umashree, T. Parameshwar Naik, Santosh Lad, and Kimmane Ratnakara.
 
The new Cabinet held its first meeting this afternoon. 
 
Mr Siddaramaiah, 64, had said on May 13, when he assumed office, that he would provide a stable administration and ensure that only those with a clean image would be appointed as Ministers.
 
He had visited Delhi this week to discuss the Cabinet formation exercise with the Congress leadership, including party chief Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
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The Congress won 121 seats in the 225-member in the May 5 elections to the legislative assembly. Elections were held for 223 seats, with the election in one constituency countermanded due to the death of one candidate. The assembly has one nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had ruled for five years from 2008, was ousted from power in these elections, managing to get only 40 seats, the same number that the Janata Dal (Secular) got.
 
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Air India captain locked out of cockpit during flight!

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An Air India flight from Delhi to Bangalore made an unscheduled landing at Bhopal yesterday after the commander of the aircraft found himself locked out of the cockpit by a jammed door.

The airline said in a press release that the pilot had let the cockpit for a short while to visit the toilet and, on return, found the door locked and jammed. All efforts to open the door, including by the co-pilot from inside, failed.
 
The co-pilot, after taking permission from ground control, diverted the flight to Bhopal and landed at Bhopal at 1755 hrs. 
 
The door was rectified by the ground maintenance engineers at Bhopal and the flight took off from Bhopal at 2045 hrs after clearance from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and reached Bangalore at 2230 hrs. 
 
During the time the door was locked there was, in addition to the co-pilot, who is a commander himself, a supernumerary trainee pilot in the cockpit, the release said.
 
"All precautions and procedures regarding safety were observed during the entire process. The incident posed no danger to the aircraft passengers and the crew," the relese added.
 
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Kings XI Punjab pull off 7-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kings XI Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist plays a shot during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in Bangaloe on May 14, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Kings XI Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist plays a shot during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in Bangaloe on May 14, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Skipper Adam Gilchrist struck form when it mattered the most as he hammered an unbeaten 85 to lead Kings XI Punjab to a stunning seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and keep their hopes alive in the tournament.

Put in to bat first, RCB posted an imposing 174 for five in their 20 overs, with opener Chris Gayle plundering the Punjab bowling on his way to a superb 77 off 53 balls with six sixes and six fours. Skipper Virat Kohli made 57 and the two had added 137 for the second wicket.
 
By any standards, that was a daunting target, but the 41-year-old Gilchrist and his men and the RCB bowlers made it look rather modest as Kings XI reached 176 for three with 11 balls to spare.
 
Gilchrist had not been able to get among the runs in the earlier matches and had, in fact, kept himself out of the playing eleven for three matches.
 
Today's loss meant that RCB's undefeated run at home was finally snapped and their hopes of making it to the play-offs were dented.
 
RCB remain in the fourth spot in the league table, with eight wins from their 15 matches so far. Kings XI are in the sixth place, with six wins from 14 matches.
 
RCB have only one match remaining, against Chennai Super Kings at home. RCB have to win that game and also hope that Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are in the fifth place, lose at least one of their remaining two matches. 
 
Mumbai Indians are leading the table, followed by Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the second and third places. 
 
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders are palced seventh, Delhi Daredevils eighth and Pune Warriors are at the bottom.
 
The top four teams in the league will move to the play-offs.
 
Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh began the chase on a brisk note, but the latter fell in the third over after making just eight in a total of 24, bowled by Zaheer Khan,, who was playing in his first match this season after recovering from an injury.
 
Azhar Mahmood came in at number three and he made all the difference as he scored a brilliant 61 off 41 balls with the help of eight fours and a six. Together, he and Gilchrist added 118 for the second wicket, and that more or less took the game away from RCB.
 
Mahmood was caught by A B de Villiers off Jaydev Unadkat in the 16th over. David Miller could make only two before he was bowled by Muthaiah Muralitharan in the next over.
 
However, Kings XI had enough overs and batsmen to ensure that there were no worries. R Sathish remained not out with 12, including a six and a four.
 
For RCB, Zaheer Khan, Unadkat and Muralitharan claimed a wicket each.
 
Earlier, local fans were served a treat by Gayle and Kohli who took their side to a challenging total after a rather sedate start.
 
Gayle's 77 came off 53 balls and included six sixes and four fours. Kohli's 58 was made off 43 balls and included two sixes and six fours.
 
Put in to bat first, RCB began on a tentative note, managing just 22 in the first four overs before losing opener Cheteshwar Pujara in the next, caught by David Miller at point off Parvinder Awana.
 
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That brought Kohli and Gayle together, but they too found the going tough and the home team were far from comfortable at 52 for one after 10 overs.
 
In the 12th over, Kohli came down the pitch to drive a delivery from Piyush Chawla over long-off for the first six of the innings. At the end of that over, RCB were 69 for one.
 
Gayle got into the act in the next, swinging Manpreet Gony over wide long-on for his first six. Ten runs came off that over.
 
Kohli struck Chawla for two fours in the 14th over. At the other end, Gayle suddenly decided to cut loose and hammered Gony for three consecutive sixes, first over long-on, then over deep mid-wicket and finally over long-off. Gony gave away 22 in that over.
 
In the next, Kohli hit Awana over deep mid-wicket for six and then came up with a superb straight drive to bring up the hundred of the partnership. At the end of 16 overs, RCB had reached 126 for on.
 
Azhar Mahmood managed to apply the brakes on the batsmen, conveding only four in the next over.
 
Sandeep Sharma came on at the other end, and Gayle struck him for a four and a six before Kohli hit a four, adding 20 runs in all in the 18th over.
 
Awana was hit by Gayle for a huge six over the point boundary but he had the last laugh when he knocked back the batsman's leg stump and broke into two with his next.
 
AB de Villiers came in to bat and straightaway hit Awana for a six, moving across the crease and swinging it over deep mid-wicket for six. Off the next ball, Awana bowled him with a superb yorker.
 
In the last over, Mahmood had Kohli trapped leg before wicket and also claimed Lokesh Rahul's wicket, caught by Mandeep Singh on the square leg fence.
 
RCB had managed to add 122 in the last ten overs and set a difficult target of 175 for Kings XI.
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For Punjab, Awana bagged three for 39 while Mahmood picked up two for 25.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara c Miller b Awana 19
Chris Gayle b Awana 77
Virat Kohli lbw Azhar Mahmood 57
AB de Villiers b Awana 6
Moises Henriques not out 0
Lokesh Rahul c Mandeep Singh b Azhar Mahmood 8
Extras (lb 1, w 3, nb 3) 7
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 174
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Pujara, 4.1 overs), 2-158 (Gayle, 18.3), 3-164 (de Villiers, 18.5), 4-166 (Kohli, 19.2), 5-174 (Rahul, 19.6)
Bowling:
Azhar Mahmood 4-0-24-2
Sandeep Sharma 4-0-36-0
Parvinder Awana 4-0-39-3
Piyush Chawla 4-0-27-0
Manpreet Gony 4-0-47-0
 
Kings XI Punjab
Adam Gilchrist not out 85
Shaun Marsh b Khan 8
Azhar Mahmood c de Villiers b Unadkat 61
David Miller b Muralitharan 2
Rajagopal Sathish not out 12
Extras (lb 4, w 4) 8
Total (for three wickets in 18.1 overs) 176
Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Marsh, 2.3 overs), 2-142 (Azhar Mahmood, 15.2), 3-162 (Miller, 16.5)
Bowling:
Zaheer Khan 4-0-30-1
Moises Henriques 2.1-0-29-0
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-34-1
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-44-1
Vinay Kumar 4-0-35-0
 
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Royal Challengers Bangalore put up 174/5 against Kings XI Punjab

Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore plays a shot during their match against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on May 14, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore plays a shot during their match against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on May 14, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Opener Chris Gayle hammered a superb 77 and skipper Virat Kohli made 57 as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) put up 174 for five in their 20 overs against Kings XI Punjab in the 63rd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.
 
Together, Gayle and Kohli added 137 for the second wicket and taking their side to a challenging total after a rather sedate start.
 
Gayle's came off 53 balls and included six sixes and four fours. Kohli's 57 was made off 43 balls and included two sixes and six fours.
 
Put in to bat first, RCB began on a tentative note, managing just 22 in the first four overs before losing opener Cheteshwar Pujara in the next, caught by David Miller at point off Parvinder Awana.
 
That brought Kohli and Gayle together, but they too found the going tough and the home team were far from comfortable at 52 for one after 10 overs.
 
In the 12th over, Kohli came down the pitch to drive a delivery from Piyush Chawla over long-off for the first six of the innings. At the end of that over, RCB were 69 for one.
 
Gayle got into the act in the next, swinging Manpreet Gony over wide long-on for his first six. Ten runs came off that over.
 
Kohli struck Chawla for two fours in the 14th over. At the other end, Gayle suddenly decided to cut loose and hammered Gony for three consecutive sixes, first over long-on, then over deep mid-wicket and finally over long-off. Gony gave away 22 in that over.
 
In the next, Kohli hit Awana over deep mid-wicket for six and then came up with a superb straight drive to bring up the hundred of the partnership. At the end of 16 overs, RCB had reached 126 for on.
 
Azhar Mahmood managed to apply the brakes on the batsmen, conceding only four in the next over.
 
Sandeep Sharma came on at the other end, and Gayle struck him for a four and a six before Kohli hit a four, adding 20 runs in all in the 18th over.
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Awana was hit by Gayle for a huge six over the point boundary but he had the last laugh when he knocked back the batsman's leg stump and broke into two with his next.
 
AB de Villiers came in to bat and straightaway hit Awana for a six, moving across the crease and swinging it over deep mid-wicket for six. Off the next ball, Awana bowled him with a superb yorker.
 
In the last over, Mahmood had Kohli trapped leg before wicket and also claimed Lokesh Rahul's wicket, caught by Mandeep Singh on the square leg fence.
 
RCB had managed to add 122 in the last ten overs and set a difficult target of 175 for Kings XI.
 
For Punjab, Awana bagged three for 39 while Mahmood picked up two for 25.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara c Miller b Awana 19
Chris Gayle b Awana 77
Virat Kohli lbw Azhar Mahmood 57
AB de Villiers b Awana 6
Moises Henriques not out 0
Lokesh Rahul c Mandeep Singh b Azhar Mahmood 8
Extras (lb 1, w 3, nb 3) 7
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 174
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Pujara, 4.1 overs), 2-158 (Gayle, 18.3), 3-164 (de Villiers, 18.5), 4-166 (Kohli, 19.2), 5-174 (Rahul, 19.6)
Bowling:
Azhar Mahmood 4-0-24-2
Sandeep Sharma 4-0-36-0
Parvinder Awana 4-0-39-3
Piyush Chawla 4-0-27-0
Manpreet Gony 4-0-47-0
 
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Kings XI Punjab opt to field against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist won the toss and chose to field first against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 63rd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Zaheer Khan figured in the RCB team for the first time this season after being declared fit to play and replaced Abhimanyu Mithun.
 
The hosts also droped Murali Kartik, Ravi Rampaul and Saurabh Tiwary and included Muttaiah Muralitharan, Arun Karthik and Lokesh Rahul.
 
Kings XI made three changes, with Praveen Kumar making way for Manpreet Gony. Azhar Mahmood was back in the eleven in place of Harmeet Singh, while Manan Vohra replaced Luke Pomersbach.
 
The teams:
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Cheteshwar Pujara, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (captain.), AB de Villiers, Moises Henriques, Lokesh Rahul, Arun Karthik (wk), R Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan,  Muttiah Muralitharan, Jaydev Unadkat
 
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (captain & wk), Mandeep Singh, Shaun Marsh, Manan Vohra, David Miller, R Sathish, Azhar Mahmood, Piyush Chawla, Manpreet Gony, Parvinder Awana, Sandeep Sharma
 
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UPSC: Youth who committed suicide had not appeared for final Civil Services Exam

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A day after a 24-year-old civil services aspirant from Bangalore allegedly committed suicide and his family blamed it on a goof-up in the results, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) today said the youth had, in fact, failed to qualify in the preliminary examination itself last year and had, therefore, not even appeared in the final examination.

According to media reports, the candidate, V Y Manjunath, was upset with the final results of the Civil Services Main examination, published recently, and had hanged himself to death in a building under construction at Napoklu in Madikeri, Karnataka.
 
The youth's family told mediapersons that he had written the Civil Services Examination and, after passing it, attended the interview in New Delhi in April.
 
They said that, in the results declared on May 3, his name was absent. But his roll number was shown as getting rank 264 in the merit list with a different name, B Ashwin, against it.
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Manjunath was said to have been deeply upset and had tried contacting the UPSC in Delhi because he was confident he had cleared the interview, but did not get ay clarification. He then left for Madikeri, they said. They then got a call from the police saying his body had been found.
 
Expressing sorrow and grief over the incident, the UPSC said today that it had got the matter examined thoroughly.
 
According to it, Manjunath had applied for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2012. He was allotted Roll No. 538950 and was allotted Bangalore Centre for the examination.
 
"The candidate had actually appeared from this centre under the Roll No.538950. However, he has failed to qualify in the Civil Services (Prelim.) Examination, 2012," it said.
 
The Commission said that, in the results indicating the list of qualified candidates for the CS(P) Exam, 2012 the candidate with Roll No. 538950,  V Y Manjunath is not listed in the list of qualified candidates. 
 
"Hence, V Y Manjunath, having not qualified the CS(P) Examination, 2012, was not a candidate for the Civil Services (Main) Examination and accordingly could not have appeared for the CS(Main) Examination and Interview as claimed in a section of the press. It is also confirmed from our records that no candidate with this roll number (538950) or with this name (MANJUNATH V Y) had appeared for the CS(Main) Examination or the interview," it said.
 
The Commission received a fax message on 7/5/2013 from one G S Pradeep Kumar, claiming to be a friend of Manjunath, in which it has been said that in the result list announced by the Commission the name of B Ashwin against the roll No. 538745 has been indicated instead of Manjunath. No letter/representation was received in the Commission from the candidate himself. 
 
"It is confirmed that as per the records of the Commission B Ashwin S/o K. Bhaskaran having roll No. 538745 was a candidate and he has qualified in the CS(P) Exam as well as the CS (Main) Examination, 2012 and is figuring in the list of finally recommended candidates by the Commission. Hence the result announced by the Commission is correct and correctly indicates the name of Mr. B Ashwin having roll No. 538745," the statement from the Commission added.
 
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Siddaramaiah sworn in as new Karnataka Chief Minister

Siddaramaiah sworn-in as Karnataka Chief Minister

Congress leader Siddaramaiah was sworn in by Governor H R Bhardwaj as the 22nd Chief Minister of Karnataka at a ceremony at the Kanteerava Outdoor Stadium here today.

Thousands of people, including newly elected legislators of the Congress, Mr Siddaramaiah's family and friends and officials, were present at the swearing-in ceremony held under a cloudy sky.
 
Siddaramaiah, 64, took oath in the name of truth and the Constitution at 1140 hours amid loud applause.
 
Union Ministers M Veerappa Moily, Mallikarjun Kharge, K H Muniyappa and K Rahman Khan, former External Affairs Minister and former Chief Minister S M Krishna and Chief Ministers Prithviraj Chavan of Maharashtra and N Kiran Kumar Reddy of Andhra Pradesh were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
Born on August 12, 1948 in Siddaramanahundi village in Varuna Hobli of Mysore district, Mr Siddaramaiah had served as Deputy Chief Minister in the governments of J H Patel and later Dharam Singh.
 
After taking his B.Sc. and LL.B. degrees from the Mysore University, he had practised law and had also taught law for some time.
 
He began his political career in 1978 when he was elected to the Mysore Taluk Board.
 
He was elected to the 7th Karnataka Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1983 on a Bharatiya Lok Dal ticket from the Chamundeshwari constituency.
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He joined the ruling Janata Party later and became the first president of the Kannada Watchdog Committee set up to oversee the implementation of Kannada as the official language.
 
In the mid-term polls in 1985, he was elected again from the same constituency and was was made the Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services in Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde's government.
 
He has handled various other portfolios such as Sericulture and Transport at different tims.
 
He was appointed as Secretary General of the Janata Dal in 1992 and was elected in 1994 to the state legislative assembly. He became the Minister of Finance in the H D Deve Gowda government.
 
As Deputy Chief Minister in the J H Patel and Dharam Singh governments, he continued to hold the Finance portfolio.
 
He was elected to the Assembly on the Congress ticket in 2008 from the Varuna constituency and was the Leader of the Opposition in the Vidhana Sabha.
 
In this month's elections, he won the seat again and was chosen as the Congress legislature party leader after the party won an absolute party in the results announced on May 8.
 
Mr Siddaramaiah is married to Parvathi and has two sons.
 
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Kolkata Knight Riders hamper Royal Challengers Bangalore's play-off chances

Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders sends down a delivery during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Ranchi on May 12, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders sends down a delivery during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Ranchi on May 12, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) emerged spoil sport as they hampered Royal Challengers Bangalore's play-off chances by beating them by five wickets in a close encounter in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the first match at the JSCA International Stadium here today.

On a slow and sluggish wicket, Knight Riders' slow bowlers restricted the famed Royal Challengers batting to 115 for nine in 20 overs after Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir opted to bowl first.
 
Mystery spinner Sunil Narine was again the pick of the lot with four for 22 while pacers Jacques Kallis and Lakshmipathy Balaji bagged two wickets each. Sri Lankan spinner Sachithra Senanayake gave away only 18 in his four overs and got the key wicket of opener Cheteshwar Pujara.
 
Kolkata pulled off the win as they reached the target scoring 116 runs losing five wickets with  four balls to spare after Kallis struck a valuable 41 and Manoj Tiwary 27. Kallis was adjudged as Man of the Match for his all-round performance.
 
Despite the loss, Royal Chllengers are fourth in the table with 16 points from 14 matches. But Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are fifth, are breathing down their neck, with the same number points having played a match less but they have a negative run rate.
 
Chasing a small target, Knight Riders were put on the backfoot when fast bowler Ravi Rampaul removed opener Manvinder Bisla, who sliced the ball to Moises Henriques off the second ball of the innings.
 
Gambhir got a good start scoing 14 off 15 balls assisted by three boundaries but gave it away as he tried to play an away going delivery from Vinay Kumar and edged it to lone slip Chris Gayle.
 
Kallis and Yusuf Pathan (18) added 30 runs for the third wicket and at a time when it looked that the two will take Knight Riders home, left-arm spinner Murali Karthik struck in the 11th over to trap Pathan lbw that left Knight Riders at 61/3.
 
Kallis and Tiwary then joined forces with a 35-run stand that almost took Knight Riders home but with win in sight, they gifted away their wickets that left Kolkata at 103 for five. Dutchman Ryan ten Doeschate then took the team past the line with an unbeaten 11.
 
Earlier, an impressive bowling display by Narine (4/22) helped Kolkata Knight Riders restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore to 115/9. 
 
Gayle was out cheaply for 33 while AB de Villiers struck 28. Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli (17) also failed to make an impression and his stumps were knocked out by Kallis. 
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara c Balaji b Senanayake 5
Chris Gayle st Bisla b Narine 33
Virat Kohli b Kallis 17
AB de Villiers c Bisla b Balaji 28
Moises Henriques c Tiwary b Kallis 11
Saurabh Tiwary lbw Narine 1
Vinay Kumar not out 14
Ravi Rampaul lbw Narine 0
Abhimanyu Mithun c Tiwary b Narine 2
Murali Kartik b Balaji 0
Jaydev Unadkat not out 1
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 1) 3
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 115
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Pujara, 4.3 overs), 2-46 (Kohli, 8.4), 3-70 (Gayle, 13.1), 4-95 (de Villiers, 15.5), 5-96 (Tiwary, 16.2), 6-102 (Henriques, 17.1), 7-106 (Rampaul, 18.2), 8-108 (Mithun, 18.4), 9-112 (Kartik, 19.4)
Bowling:
Sachithra Senanayake 4-0-18-1
Lakshmipathy Balaji 4-0-22-2
Sunil Narine 4-0-22-4
Jacuqes Kallis 4-0-17-2
Ryan ten Doeschate 1-0-14-0
Yususf Pathan 1-0-6-0
Rajat Bhatia 2-0-14-0
 
Kolkata Knight Riders
Manvinder Bisla c Henriques b Rampaul 0
Gautam Gambhir c Gayle b Vinay Kumar 14
Jacques Kallis c Henriques b Mithun 41
Yusuf Pathan lbw Kartik 18
Manoj Tiwary c Kohli b Vinay Kumar 24
Ryan ten Doeschate not out 11
Rajat Bhatia not out 3
Extras (lb 1, w 4) 5
Total (for five wickets in 19.2 overs) 116
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Bisla, 0.2 overs), 2-31 (Gambhir, 5.5), 3-61 (Pathan, 10.3), 4-96 (Kallis, 16.4), 5-103 (Tiwary, 17.4)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 4-1-17-1
Abhimanyu Mithun 4-0-37-1
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-27-0
Vinay Kumar 3.2-0-17-2
Murali Kartik 4-0-17-1
 
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Royal Challengers restricted to 115/9 by Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders sends down a delivery during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Ranchi on May 12, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders sends down a delivery during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Ranchi on May 12, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Off-spinner Sunil Narine grabbed four for 22 as defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) restricted Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to 115 for nine wickets in their 20 overs,  for their lowest score in this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the JSCA International Stadium here today.

Opener Chris Gayle topscored for RCB with 33, made off 36 balls with one six and one four, while AB de Villiers made 28 off 22 balls, also with one six and a four.
 
The others who got into double figures included skipper Virat Kohli (17) , Moises Henriques (11) and R Vinay Kumar, who remained unbeaten with 14.
 
Apart from Narine, who now tops the list of wicket-takers in this edition of the tournament, Jacques Kallis and Laxmipathy Balaji picked up two each while Sachithra Senanayake got one.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara c Balaji b Senanayake 5
Chris Gayle st Bisla b Narine 33
Virat Kohli b Kallis 17
AB de Villiers c Bisla b Balaji 28
Moises Henriques c Tiwary b Kallis 11
Saurabh Tiwary lbw Narine 1
Vinay Kumar not out 14
Ravi Rampaul lbw Narine 0
Abhimanyu Mithun c Tiwary b Narine 2
Murali Kartik b Balaji 0
Jaydev Unadkat not out 1
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 1) 3
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 115
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Pujara, 4.3 overs), 2-46 (Kohli, 8.4), 3-70 (Gayle, 13.1), 4-95 (de Villiers, 15.5), 5-96 (Tiwary, 16.2), 6-102 (Henriques, 17.1), 7-106 (Rampaul, 18.2), 8-108 (Mithun, 18.4), 9-112 (Kartik, 19.4)
Bowling:
Sachithra Senanayake 4-0-18-1
Lakshmipathy Balaji 4-0-22-2
Sunil Narine 4-0-22-4
Jacuqes Kallis 4-0-17-2
Ryan ten Doeschate 1-0-14-0
Yususf Pathan 1-0-6-0
Rajat Bhatia 2-0-14-0
 
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For Unadkat, varying the pace was key

Man of the Match Jaidev Unadkat of the Royal Challengers Bangalore during match 57 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between Delhi Daredevils and the Royal Challengers Bangalore held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on the 10th May 2013..Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Man of the Match Jaidev Unadkat of the Royal Challengers Bangalore during match 57 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between Delhi Daredevils and the Royal Challengers Bangalore held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on the 10th May 2013..Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

It is a rare sight to see a fast bowler pick up a five-wicket hall, that too on a slow track in a Twenty20 game.

But Royal Challengers Bangalore's left-arm pacer Jaydev Undakat exactly knew the trick and bagged five for 25 as the visitors eked out a four-run win against Delhi Dardevils here Friday night in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
 
Unadkat's scalp included those of the two openers, Mahela Jaywardene and Virender Sehwag. His double strikes in the 17th over, removing Unmukt Chand and Kedar Jadhav, helped Royal Challengers escape with a win and brighten their play-off chances.
 
Undakat said his plan was simple, bowl in the right areas.
 
"We did not plan for those two but we had done overall planning that we would try to bowl in the right areas and keep varying the pace. The wicket was a little dry. And we stuck to the plan and it was a good thing that I got the two wickets. We needed those wickets in the Power-Plays early on," said Unadkat.
 
When, Unadkat was introduced, Sehwag was timing the ball well. Uadkat varied his pace well to fox Sehwag with a slower delivery.
 
"If you have things like that in mind then the ball won’t fall in the right areas. There are chances of going for boundaries so it was better for me to sick to my plans and I was very clear in mind of what I wanted, to bowl to him and the rest we could figure out.
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"My plan was to vary the pace. The batters were hitting the ball really well with the pace and the wicket too was a little dry. I bowled a lot of slower ones and it worked for me on Friday," he added. 
 
With 19 runs needed off the last over, Unadkat held his nerve and did well.
 
"I had bowled three good overs before that, so my confidence was high. I felt we had to win this match. In the last two matches we had lost close games. I was backing myself to bowl six good balls and think about it a ball at a time. And once I reached my bowling mark, I went off to bowl according to my plan no matter what the result," he said. 
 
Unadkat said it was a crucial win for the team, given their position in the points table.
 
"It was a very motivational performance. It was very important for us to win. We had lost close games in the last two-three encounters so this was really important and I am really happy that things went our way at the right point of time," he said.
 
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Jaydev, Virat star in Royal Challengers close shave with Daredevils

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli drives a delivery during match 57 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between Delhi Daredevils and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Delhi on the May 10, 2013..Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS.
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli drives a delivery during match 57 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between Delhi Daredevils and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Delhi on the May 10, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS.

Delhi boy Virat Kohli struck a captain's knock of 99 off 58 balls and Jaydev Unadkat bagged five wickets as Royal Challengers Bangalore escaped with a four-run win against Delhi Daredevils, who ended their matches at home Feroze Shah Kotla with another loss in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here Friday.

Kohli, playing at his home stadium, entertained the packed Kotla with a blistering knock and along with A B de Villiers, who struck an unbeaten 17-ball 32, added 94 runs for the fourth wicket in just 40 balls as Royal Challangers piled up a huge 183 for four in 20 overs.
 
In reply, the Daredevils' run chase was derailed by young fast bowler Unadkat's five for 25, his maiden five-wicket haul in IPL.
 
The Daredevils came came pretty close at 179 for seven in 20 overs after youngster Unmukt Chand, who led the U-19 to win the World Cup, top scored with 41 off 35 balls and Ben Rohrer made 32.
 
Desperate for a win in their last home match, Daredevils gave the captaincy to David Warner but still luck was not on their side and they suffered their 10th loss from 13 matches.
 
Regular skipper Mahela Jayawardene (19) and Virender Sehwag (18) got good starts but both fell to Unadkat. In his attempt to run down through the third man, Jayawardene got an inside edge onto his stumps and Sehwag was foxed by a slower ball and spooned an easy catch to Cheteshwar Pujara at mid-on.
 
Warner failed to lead from the front and lasted six deliveries before he was castled by compatriot Moises Henriques that left Daredevils at 60 for three in the seventh over.
 
Chand and Roher then added a quick-fire 58-run stand for the third wicket. It looked the duo would take the match to the wire, but it was the expensive Vinay Kumar who broke the stand as Rohrer was played down. Vinay Kumar went for 43 runs from his four overs.
 
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Chand was also back in the pavilion soon in the 17th over with Vinay Kumar taking a skier of Unadkat's slower delivery.
 
Irfan Pathan came up with a cameo of an 11-ball 23 hitting two fours and two sixes and along with Morne Morkel (19) got Daredevils close but not enough to cross the line.  
 
In the last over, Daredevils needed 19 runs. The first three balls went for nine runs, with Morkel and Pathan hitting a four each, but Unadkat yorked out Morkel in the penultimate delivery for his fifth victim. Umesh Yadav struck the last ball for a four, but they were still four runs short.
 
Earlier in the day, put in, Kohli made the best use of the two lives that he got and powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to a competitive total.  de Villiers finished it off in style hitting some lusty blows for his 17-ball 32.
 
Royal Challengers lost both the openers Cheteshwar Pujara (17) and Chris Gayle 94) inside the fifth over. But from then on they did not look back.
 
Kohli got the first life after he was caught behind by Kedar Jadhav off Morkel’s no-ball and was also dropped by Sehwag dropped inside the circle off Siddharth Kaul.
 
Kohli and Moises Henriques (26) added 57 runs off 50 balls for the third wicket to stabilize RCB's innings.  Henriques struck three boundaries before Shahbaz Nadeem dismissed the batsman, caught off his own bowling.  Kohli and de Villiers than accelerated with a 50-run partnership in just 27 balls. 
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara b Kaul 17
Chris Gayle b Pathan 4
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Virat Kohli run out (Rohrer/Jadhav) 99
Moises Henriques c & b Nadeem 26
AB de Villiers not out 32
Extras (w 4, nb 1) 5
Total (for four wickets in 20 overs) 183
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Gayle, 1.6 overs), 2-32 (Pujara, 4.6), 3-89 (Henriques, 13.2), 4-183 (Kohli, 19.6)
Bowling:
Morne Morkel 4-0-35-0
Irfan Pathan 4-0-24-1
Siddharth Kaul 4-0-36-1
Umesh Yadav 4-0-65-0
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-23-1
 
Delhi Daredevils
Mahela Jayawardene b Unadkat 19
Virender Sehwag c Pujara b Unadkat 18
Unmukt Chand c Vinay Kumar b Unadkat 41
David Warner b Henriques 4
Ben Rohrer b Vinay Kumar 32
Kedar Jadhav c Vinay Kumar b Unadkat 8
Irfan Pathan not out 23
Morne Morkel b Unadkat 19
Umesh Yadav not out 4
Extras (lb 6, w 4, nb 1) 11
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 179
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Jayawardene, 3.1), 2-49 (Sehwag, 5.2), 3-60 (Warner, 6.5), 4-118 (Rohrer, 14.1), 5-129 (Chand, 16.1), 6-131 (Jadhav, 16.3), 7-175 (Morkel, 19.5)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 4-0-35-0
Moises Henriques 2-0-21-1
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-25-5
Vinay Kumar 4-0-43-1
Murali Kartik 4-0-21-0
Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad 1-0-20-0
Chris Gayle 1-0-8-0
 
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Royal Challengers pile up 183/4 against Delhi Daredevils

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli drives a delivery during match 57 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between Delhi Daredevils and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Delhi on the May 10, 2013..Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS.
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli drives a delivery during match 57 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between Delhi Daredevils and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Delhi on the May 10, 2013..Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS.

Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with an attacking 99 to help Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pile up 183 for four wickets against Delhi Daredevils in the 57th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Feroze Shah Kotla here tonight.

Towards the end, A B de Villiers slammed an unbeaten 32 and Moises Henriques contributed 26, while opener Cheteshwar Pujara made 17.
 
Put in to bat first, RCB lost opener Chris Gayle (4) with only 6 on the board, bowled by Siddharth Kaul. Pujara left with the total at 32, bowled by Irfan Pathan.
 
Kohli and Henriques added 57 for the third wicket before the latter was caught and bowled by Shahbaz Nadeem in the 14th over.
 
Kohli and de Villiers then added 94 for the fourth wicket before the RCB skipper was run out off the very last ball of the innings.
 
For the Daredevils, Pathan, Kaul and Nadeem picked up a wicket each.
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara b Kaul 17
Chris Gayle b Pathan 4
Virat Kohli run out (Rohrer/Jadhav) 99
Moises Henriques c & b Nadeem 26
AB de Villiers not out 32
Extras (w 4, nb 1) 5
Total (for four wickets in 20 overs) 183
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Gayle, 1.6 overs), 2-32 (Pujara, 4.6), 3-89 (Henriques, 13.2), 4-183 (Kohli, 19.6)
Bowling:
Morne Morkel 4-0-35-0
Irfan Pathan 4-0-24-1
Siddharth Kaul 4-0-36-1
Umesh Yadav 4-0-65-0
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-23-1
 
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Congress wrests power in Karnataka with spectacular win in Assembly elections

The Congress on Wednesday won a spectacular victory in the May 5 elections in Karnataka to choose a new legislative assembly and returned to power in the state on its own after a gap of seven years with an absolute majority.

Karnataka Election 2013 Results: Congress celebrates victory

The Congress today won a spectacular victory in the May 5 elections in Karnataka to choose a new legislative assembly and returned to power in the state on its own after a gap of seven years with an absolute majority.

With the results for all 223 seats for which elections were held becoming available late this evening, the Congress won 121 seats in the 225-member house.
 
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had come to power for the first time in a state south of the Vindhyas in 2008, was ousted from its southern bastion, winning just 40 seats.
 
The Janata Dal (Secular) of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and his son and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy also ended up with 40 seats.
 
The Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who had walked out of the BJP some months ago to launch his own outfit, won six seats.
 
For the first time, the Samajwadi Party has won a seat in Karnataka, taking the Channapatna seat, about 60 km from Bangalore. Others won the remaining 15 seats.
 
Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar, the third BJP leader to hold the position in the last five years, submitted his resignation to Governor H R Bhardwaj ths evening.
 
BJP stalwarts who lost the elections included Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa and 11 Ministers, including S.A.Ramadas, V.Somanna, B.N.Bache Gowda, A. Narayanasamy and Murgesh Mirani.
 
The Congress suffered setbacks when its state unit president G Parameshwara, considered a hopeful for the Chief Minister's position, and former Union Minister C M Ibrahim, lost today.
 
JD (S) president H D Kumaraswamy won his seat but his wife lost from Channapatna. His brother won from Holenarasipura.
 
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Apart from Chief Minister Shettar and Congress leader Siaramaiah, others who won today include film-star-turned-politician M H Ambareesh of Congress, Deputy Chief Minister R Ashoka of the BJP and former Union Minister V Srinivasa Prasad of the Congress.
 
Polling was held in a single phase on May 5 in 223 of the 224 constituencies and about 72 per cent of the 4.36 voters had exercised their franchise.
 
As many 2948 candidates were in the fray, including 170 women. Prominent candidates in the fray included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off till May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
Celebrations broke out in front of the Congress offices in Bangalore and other parts of Karnataka as well as in Delhi as the results came in.
 
All the results are expected to be in by this evening. The focus has, in the meanwhile, shifted to who the next Chief Minister of the state will be. 
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"I thank all the voters of Karnataka who have given a clear majority to Congress," state Congress leader Siddaramaiah, one of the main contenders for the top job, said.
 
Among the many names being mentioned are those of Union Ministers Mallikarjun Kharge and M Veerappa Moily, state Congress chief G Parameshwara, D K Shivakumar, Shamanur Shivashankarappa and Krishna Byre Gowda.
 
JD (S) leader Kumaraswamy said his party would sit in the opposition. Though most political observers felt his party had put up a remarkably good show, Mr Kumaraswamy said he was disappointed with the numbers. "We were expecting about 90-95 seats," he said.
 
He also said that he would resign his Lok Sabha seat and be more active in Karnataka politics. "With just three members in the Lok Sabha, we have a limited role at the Centre. There is a lot of work to do here," he told journalists.
 
Both Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who were among the party's star campaigners in the elections, expressed satisfactin with the results that ended five years of rule by the BJP in a southern state for the first time.
 
Dr Singh said the victory of the party was a "clear result against the ideology of the BJP".
 
"The people of the country know what's what and they will reject the BJP ideology as the result in Karnataka shows."
 
The Congress, which ruled the state on its own until April 2004, had formed a coalition government with the JD (S) in April 2004 till February 2006. This is the first time that it has come to power in the state after that.
 
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Congress returns to power in Karnataka after seven years with resounding victory

The Congress on Wednesday won a resounding victory in the May 5 elections in Karnataka to choose a new legislative assembly and is all set to return to power in the state on its own after a gap of seven years with a clear majority on its own.

Karnataka Election 2013 Results: Congress celebrates victory

The Congress today won a resounding victory in the May 5 elections in Karnataka to choose a new legislative assembly and is all set to return to power in the state on its own after a gap of seven years with a clear majority on its own.

In the results that became available after counting of votes was taken up this morning, the Congress had won 118 seats and was leading in three more, making for a total of 121 in the 225-member house.
 
With trends available from all 223 constituencies where elections were held, the Janata Dal (Secular) of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and his son and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looked set to end up with 40 seats each.
 
The BJP had won 38 seats and was leading in two more, while the JD (S) had won 40 seats.
 
The results mean that the BJP, which had come to power for the first time in a southern state in 2008, has been ousted from its southern bastion.
 
The Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who had walked out of the BJP some months ago to launch his own outfit, was ahead in six seats.
 
For the first time, the Samajwadi Party has won a seat in Karnataka, taking the Channapatna seat, about 60 km from Bangalore.
 
Polling was held in a single phase on May 5 in 223 of the 224 constituencies and about 72 per cent of the 4.36 voters had exercised their franchise.
 
As many 2948 candidates were in the fray, including 170 women. Prominent candidates in the fray included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
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Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off till May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
Celebrations broke out in front of the Congress offices in Bangalore and other parts of Karnataka as well as in Delhi as the results came in.
 
All the results are expected to be in by this evening. The focus has, in the meanwhile, shifted to who the next Chief Minister of the state will be. 
 
"I thank all the voters of Karnataka who have given a clear majority to Congress," state Congress leader Siddaramaiah, one of the main contenders for the top job, said.
 
Among the many names being mentioned are those of Union Ministers Mallikarjun Kharge and M Veerappa Moily, state Congress chief G Parameshwara, D K Shivakumar, Shamanur Shivashankarappa and Krishna Byre Gowda.
 
JD (S) leader Kumaraswamy said his party would sit in the opposition. Though most political observers felt his party had put up a remarkably good show, Mr Kumaraswamy said he was disappointed with the numbers. "We were expecting about 90-95 seats," he said.
 
He also said that he would resign his Lok Sabha seat and be more active in Karnataka politics. "With just three members in the Lok Sabha, we have a limited role at the Centre. There is a lot of work to do here," he told journalists.
 
Both Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who were among the party's star campaigners in the elections, expressed satisfaction with the results that ended five years of rule by the BJP in a southern state for the first time.
 
Dr Singh said the victory of the party was a "clear result against the ideology of the BJP".
 
"The people of the country know what's what and they will reject the BJP ideology as the result in Karnataka shows."
 
The Congress, which ruled the state on its own until April 2004, had formed a coalition government with the JD (S) in April 2004 till February 2006. This is the first time that it has come to power in the state after that.
 
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Congress set to return to power in Karnataka with clear majority

The Congress appeared set to return to power in Karnataka after a gap of seven years with a clear majority on its own in the early trends that emerged as counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the state legislative assembly on Wednesday.

 
Karnataka elections: Congress ahead, JD(S) No 2

The Congress appeared set to return to power in Karnataka after a gap of seven years with a clear majority on its own in the early trends that emerged as counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the state legislative assembly today.

With results or counting trends available from all 223 constituencies where elections were held, the Congress had won 58 seats and was leading in 63 more, making for a total of 121 seats.
 
The Janata Dal (Secular) of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and his son and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy was poised to emerge as the second largest party, winning 16 seats and leading in 26 others, adding up to 42.
 
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), whose term in office was marred by allegations of corruption and changes in leadership, looked set to be relegated to the third place, winning 15 seats and leading in 24 others. The results mean that the BJP, wracked as it was by factionalism, has been voted out from its only southern bastion.
 
The Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who had walked out of the BJP some months ago to launch his own outfit, was ahead in eight constituencies. 
 
Polling was held in a single phase on May 5 in 223 of the 224 constituencies and about 72 per cent of the 4.36 voters had exercised their franchise.
 
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As many 2948 candidates were in the fray, including 170 women. Prominent candidates in the fray included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off till May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
All the results are expected to be in by this evening. The focus has, in the meanwhile, shifted to who the next Chief Minister of the state will be. "I thank all the voters of Karnataka who have given a clear majority to Congress," state Congress leader Siddaramaiah, one of the main contenders for the top job, said.
 
Senior Congress leaders said the decision on the new leader would be made after ascertaining the views of the newly-elected party legislators.
 
JD (S) leader Kumaraswamy said his party would sit in the opposition. Though most political observers felt his party had put up a remarkably good show, Mr Kumaraswamy said he was disappointed with the numbers. "We were expecting about 90-95 seats," he said.
 
He also said that he would resign his Lok Sabha seat and be more active in Karnataka politics. "With just three members in the Lok Sabha, we have a limited role at the Centre. There is a lot of work to do here," he told journalists.
 
Celebrations broke out in front of the Congress offices in Bangalore and other parts of Karnataka as well as in Delhi as the results came in.
 
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Congress ahead in 118 seats, JD (S) in 43, BJP in 34 in counting trends in Karnataka

The Congress was set to return to power in Karnataka after a gap of seven years after its candidates established leads in 118 of 223 constituencies in early trends that became available as counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

 
Karnataka elections: Congress ahead, JD(S) No 2

The Congress was set to return to power in Karnataka after a gap of seven years after its candidates established leads in 118 of 223 constituencies in early trends that became available as counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly today.

The Janata Dal (Secular) of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and his son H D Kumaraswamy was poised to emerge as the second largest party, leading in 43 constituencies.
 
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looked likely to be relegated to the third place, with its candidates ahead in 34 seats.
 
The Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who walked out of the BJP to launch his own outfit, was ahead in 12 constituencies. 
 
Polling was held in a single phase on May 5 in 223 of the 224 constituencies and about 72 per cent of the 4.36 voters had exercised their franchise.
 
As many 2948 candidates were in the fray, including 170 women. Prominent candidates in the fray included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off till May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
All the results are expected to be in by this evening.
 
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Congress ahead in 115 seats, JD (S) in 42, BJP in 34 in early counting trends in Karnataka

The main opposition Congress was ahead in 115 constituencies and the Janata Dal (Secular) in 42 in early trends that became available as counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

 
Congress leading, ruling BJP trailing in Karnataka elections

The main opposition Congress was ahead in 115 constituencies and the Janata Dal (Secular) in 42 in early trends that became available as counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly today.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in third place, leading in 34 constituencies, while the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who walked out of the BJP to launch his own outfit, was ahead in 13 constituencies. Others were leading in 19 seats.
 
Polling was held in a single phase on May 5 in 223 of the 224 constituencies and about 72 per cent of the 4.36 voters had exercised their franchise.
 
As many 2948 candidates were in the fray, including 170 women. Prominent candidates in the fray included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off till May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
All the results are expected to be in by this evening.
 
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Congress ahead in 103 seats, JD (S) in 43, BJP in 39 in early counting trends in Karnataka

The main opposition Congress was ahead in 103 constituencies and the Janata Dal (Secular) in 43 in early trends that became available as counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.
Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.

The main opposition Congress was ahead in 103 constituencies and the Janata Dal (Secular) in 43 in early trends that became available as counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly today.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in third place, leading in 39 constituencies, while the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who walked out of the BJP to launch his own outfit, was ahead in 9 constituencies. 
 
Others were leading in 15 constituencies.
 
Polling was held in a single phase on May 5 in 223 of the 224 constituencies and about 72 per cent of the 4.36 voters had exercised their franchise.
 
As many 2948 candidates were in the fray, including 170 women. Prominent candidates in the fray included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off till May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
All the results are expected to be in by this evening.
 
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Congress ahead in 81 seats, BJP in 39 in early counting trends in Karnataka

The opposition Congress was ahead in 81 constituencies and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in 39 in early trends that became available as counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.
Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.

The opposition Congress was ahead in 81 constituencies and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 39 in early trends that became available as counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly today.

The Janata Dal (Secular) was leading in 37, while the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who walked out of the BJP to launch his own outfit, was ahead in 12 constituencies. 
 
Polling was held in a single phase on May 5 in 223 of the 224 constituencies and about 72 per cent of the 4.36 voters had exercised their franchise.
 
As many 2948 candidates were in the fray, including 170 women. Prominent candidates in the fray included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off till May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
All the results are expected to be in by this evening.
 
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Congress ahead in 52 seats, BJP in 27 as counting of votes progresses in Karnataka

As counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly progressed on Wednesday, early trends indicated that the Congress was leading in 52 constituencies, while the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was ahead in 27.

Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.
Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.

As counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly progressed today, early trends indicated that the Congress was leading in 52 constituencies, while the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was ahead in 27.

The Janata Dal (Secular) was leading in 19, while the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who walked out of the BJP to launch his own outfit, was ahead in 3 constituencies. Others were leading in eight seats.
 
Polling was held in a single phase on May 5 in 223 of the 224 constituencies and about 72 per cent of the 4.36 voters had exercised their franchise.
 
As many 2948 candidates were in the fray, including 170 women. Prominent candidates in the fray included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off till May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
All the results are expected to be in by this evening.
 
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Kings XI Punjab pull off superb six-wicket win over Royal Challengers

David Miller of Kings XI Punjab hits over the top for six during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mohali on May 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
David Miller of Kings XI Punjab hits over the top for six during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mohali on May 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

David Miller blasted an unbeaten 101 off just 38 balls as Kings XI Punjab pulled off a stunning six wicket win over Royals Challengers Bangalore (RCB) with two overs to spare in the 51st match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here tonight.

Asked to bat first, RCB posted a formidable 190 for three from their 20 overs, powered by a superb 61 by opener Chris Gayle and 51 by his partner Cheteshwar Pujara.
 
Chasing a stiff target of 191 for a win, Kings XI were in all sorts of trouble at 64 for four in the 10th over, but Miller and R Sathish, who remained unbeaten with 27, added 130 in their unfinished partnership for the fourth wicket to help their side to pull off a sensational victory.
 
Miller's domination of the RCB bowlers was evident from the fact that he and Satish added 99 runs from the last five overs.
 
Dropped by Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli when he was on 41, Miller made the most of the opportunity as he went after the bowling at a time when the chips were down.
 
In the next over, Miller made Kohli pay the price for the dropped chance as he smashed Rudra Pratap Singh for two sixes and four fours as 26 runs came off the 15th over and swung the match in favour of the home team, who were then comfortably placed at 138/4.
 
The next two overs went for 34 runs and Kings XI were 172 for four after the 17th over. The match was at that stage  evenly balanced as Kings XI needed 18 runs off the last three overs.
 
Kohli brought in Gayle, who got a taste of his own medicine.  Gayle’s first three balls went for 15 runs and Miller got the winning runs and also his century in style by smashing the last ball for a huge six. In all, his 101 included seven sixes and eight fours.
 
His 38-ball effort was the third fastest century in IPL history, after Chris Gayle's 30-ball knock against Pune Warriors earlier this season and Yusuf Pathan's century off 37 balls in 2010. His brilliant performance got him the Man of the Match award today.
 
Satish's 21 was made off 18 balls with the help of two fours and a six.
 
The Punjab top order failed to deliver today, with Mandeep Singh (16), Shaun Marsh (6), Gurkeerat Singh (20) and David Hussey (13) unable to get among the runs.
 
For RCB, Murli Kartik took two for 24, while Ravi Rampaul and R Vinay Kumar picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Earlier, Gayle and Pujara, playing in first match of this IPL season, provided RCB a great start, putting on 102 for the opening wicket in 11.1 overs.
 
A B de Villiers remained unbeaten on 38 and Moises Henriques on 16.
 
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The visitors put up 23/0 in the first four overs before shifting gears, with Pujara hitting Michael Neser over cover for four and Gayle then sending him over the ropes for two sixes. Eighteen runs came off that over, and 17 in the next as Pujara slammed Manpreet Gony for three consecutive fours. At the end of 10 overs they were on 88/0.
 
In the 12th over, Gayle lifted the first ball from Gony for a huge six over long-on to take the side past the hundred-mark. He was gone the next ball, playing across and missing it completely. Gayle's 61 came 33 balls and included three sixes and six fours. 
 
Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli added 31 for the second wicket before Pujara made his exit, bowled by Gony with the total at 133. His 51 was made off 48 balls and was studded with eight fours.
 
Kohli (14) did not stay much longer, and was caught by Shaun Marsh, running back from mid-wicket, off Parvinder Awana.
 
de Villiers and Henriques added 46 in their unfinished partnership for the fourth wicket. de Villiers hit two sixes and four fours in his 19-ball 38 while Henriqes smashed one six and two fours in his 16, made off seven balls.
 
For Kings XI, Gony took two for 41, while Awana picked up one.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara b Gony 51
Chris Gayle b Gony 61
Virat Kohli c Marsh b Awana 14
AB de Villiers not out 38
Moises Henriques not out 16
Extras (lb 5, w 4, nb 1) 10
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 190
Fall of wickets: 1-102 (Gayle, 11.2 overs), 2-133 (Pujara, 15.1), 3-144 (Kohli, 16.5)
Bowling:
Praveen Kumar 4-0-28-0
Parwinder Awana 4-0-28-1
Manpreet Gony 4-0-41-2
Michael Neser 4-0-62-0
Piyush Chawla 4-0-26-0
 
Kings XI Punjab
Mandeep Singh c Arun Karthik b Vinay Kumar 16
Shaun Marsh c de Villiers b Rampaul 6
Gurkeerat Singh lbw b Kartik 20
David Hussey c Henriques b Kartik 13
David Miller not out 101
Rajagopal Sathish not out 27
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 4, nb 1) 11
Total (for four wickets in 18 overs) 194
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Marsh, 2.3 overs), 2-25 (Mandeep Singh, 4.2), 3-51 (Gurkeerat Singh, 7.4), 4-64 (Hussey, 9.5)
Bowling
Ravi Rampaul 4-0-27-1
Rudra Pratap Singh 3-0-38-0
Moises Henriques 3-0-29-0
Vinay Kumar 4-0-48-1
Murali Kartik 3-0-24-2
Chris Gayle 1-0-22-0
 
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Royal Challengers post 190/3 against Kings XI Punjab

Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during their in the Indian Premier League against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on May 6, 2013. Photo by Deepak Malik-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during their in the Indian Premier League against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on May 6, 2013. Photo by Deepak Malik-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Opener Chris Gayle hammered 61 to help Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) post a formidable 190 for three from their 20 overs against Kings XI Punjab in the 51st match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here tonight.

RCB got off to a great start, after Kings XI won the toss and elected to field first, and Gayle and Cheteshwar Pujara put on 102 for the opening wicket in 11.1 overs.
 
Pujara, playing in his first IPL match this season, compiled a superb 51, while A B de Villiers remained unbeaten on 38 and Moises Henriques on 16.
 
The visitors put up 23/0 in the first four overs before shifting gears, with Pujara hitting Michael Neser over cover for four and Gayle then sending him over the ropes for two sixes. Eighteen runs came off that over, and 17 in the next as Pujara slammed Manpreet Gony for four fours. At the end of 10 overs they were on 88/0.
 
In the 12th over, Gayle lifted the first ball from Gony for a huge six over long-on to take the side past the hundred-mark. He was gone the next ball, playing across and missing it completely. Gayle's 61 came 33 balls and included three sixes and six fours. 
 
Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli added 31 for the second wicket before Pujara made his exit, bowled by Gony with the total at 133. His 51 was made off 48 balls and was studded with eight fours.
 
Kohli (14) did not stay much longer, and was caught by Shaun Marsh, running back from mid-wicket, off Parvinder Awana.
 
de Villiers and Henriques added 46 in their unfinished partnership for the fourth wicket. de Villiers hit two sixes and four fours in his 19-ball 38 while Henriqes smashed one six and two fours in his 16, made off seven balls.
 
For Kings XI, Gony took two for 41, while Awana picked up one.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara b Gony 51
Chris Gayle b Gony 61
Virat Kohli c Marsh b Awana 14
AB de Villiers not out 38
Moises Henriques not out 16
Extras (lb 5, w 4, nb 1) 10
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 190
Fall of wickets: 1-102 (Gayle, 11.2 overs), 2-133 (Pujara, 15.1), 3-144 (Kohli, 16.5)
Bowling:
Praveen Kumar 4-0-28-0
Parwinder Awana 4-0-28-1
Manpreet Gony 4-0-41-2
Michael Neser 4-0-62-0
Piyush Chawla 4-0-26-0
 
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More than 70% of voters exercise franchise in Karnataka polls

More than 70 per cent of the 4.36 crore voters exercised their franchise in the single-phase polling held amidst tight security in Karnataka on Sunday to elect a new Legislative Assembly in the state.

Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.
Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.

More than 70 per cent of the 4.36 crore voters exercised their franchise in the single-phase polling held amidst tight security in Karnataka on Sunday to elect a new Legislative Assembly in the state.

Polling began at 0700 hours yesterday morning and ended at 1800 hours, one hour later than usual in view of the extreme heat conditions in many parts of the state.
 
Official sources said the final voting figures were still being worked out. "As of now, 70.23 per cent of the voters had cast their votes but the figures are still coming in. We expect the percentage of voting could go up to 75 per cent," they said.
 
The elections will decide the fate of 2948 candidates, including 170 women. In all,  4,36,14,881 voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in the elections, including  2,22,73,618 men and 2,13,41,263 women.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off till May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The Election Commission set up 52034 polling stations across the state and deployed as many as 79364 electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the smooth conduct of the single-phase polling.
 
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The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
Apart from the ruling BJP, the Congress and the JD (S), the Karnataka Janata Party of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who quit the BJP to float his own outfit, is expected to play a crucial role in this election. 
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
Around 1.35 lakh security personnel, including 60,000 policemen from the state, 20,000 home guards and the rest from Central para-military forces, were deployed across the state to ensure smooth conduct of the single-phase poll.
 
Prominent candidates in the fray included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up on May 8 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
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About 65% of electors vote in Karnataka Assembly polls

About 65 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the single-phase polling to elect a new Legislative Assembly in Karnataka amidst tight security on Sunday.

Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.
Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.

About 65 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the single-phase polling to elect a new Legislative Assembly in Karnataka amidst tight security today.

Polling began at 0700 hours this morning and ended at 1800 hours, one hour later than usual in view of the extreme heat conditions in many parts of the state.
 
Official sources said 60.68 per cent of the voters had exercised their franchise until 1700 hours and the final figures were yet to come in. But they estimated it would be around 65 per cent.
 
The turnout was low in the early hours but picked up as the day progressed and queues of voters were seen at many places in Bangalore and other parts of the state.
 
Official sources said 8.37 per cent of the votes had been cast in the first two hours, 13.23 per cent in three hours and 20.79 hours in four hours. The percentage jumped to 50.99 per cent in the next four hours. 
 
Today's elections will decide the fate of 2948 candidates, including 170 women. In all,  4,36,14,881 voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in the elections, including  2,22,73,618 men and 2,13,41,263 women.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off till May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The Election Commission set up 52034 polling stations across the state and deployed as many as 79364 electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the smooth conduct of the single-phase polling.
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The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
Apart from the ruling BJP, the Congress and the JD (S), the Karnataka Janata Party of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who quit the BJP to float his own outfit, is expected to play a crucial role in this election. 
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
Around 1.35 lakh security personnel, including 60,000 policemen from the state, 20,000 home guards and the rest from Central para-military forces, were deployed across the state to ensure smooth conduct of the single-phase poll.
 
Prominent candidates in the fray included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up on May 8 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
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51% of electors vote in first eight hours in Karnataka polls

About 51 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the first eight hours of polling on Sunday in the elections to choose a new Legislative Assembly in Karnataka.

Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.
Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.

About 51 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the first eight hours of polling today in the elections to choose a new Legislative Assembly in Karnataka.

Polling began at 0700 hours this morning amidst elaborate security arrangements and will end at 1800 hours today, one hour later than usual in view of the extreme heat conditions in many parts of the state.
 
The turnout was low in the early hours but picked up as the day progressed and queues of voters were seen at many places in Bangalore and other parts of the state.
 
Official sources said 8.37 per cent of the votes had been cast in the first two hours, 13.23 per cent in three hours and 20.79 hours in four hours. The percentage jumped to 50.99 per cent in the next four hours.
 
Today's elections will decide the fate of 2948 candidates, including 170 women.
 
In all,  4,36,14,881 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the elections, including  2,22,73,618 men and 2,13,41,263 women.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off tlll May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
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The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The Election Commission has set up 52034 polling stations across the state and will deploy as many as 79364 electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the smooth conduct of the single-phase polling.
 
The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
Apart from the ruling BJP, the Congress and the JD (S), the Karnataka Janata Party of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who quit the BJP to float his own outfit, is expected to play a crucial role in this election. 
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
Around 1.35 lakh security personnel, including 60,000 policemen from the state, 20,000 home guards and the rest from Central para-military forces, have been deployed across the state to ensure smooth conduct of the single-phase poll.
 
Prominent candidates in the fray include Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
 Counting of votes will be taken up on May 8 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
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