PM Narendra Modi addresses party workers on Karnataka election results at BJP headquarters in New Delhi. Photograph:( WION Web Team )
In the state where exit polls projected a hung assembly after a bitterly fought electoral battle, the Narendra-Modi led BJP was ahead in 104 seats, the Congress in 78 and the JD(S) 37.
Others/independents were ahead in three seats. Results were being declared for 222 of the 224 seats in the assembly, with voting in two constituencies countermanded.