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Karnataka Assembly poll report

BANGALORE:  The state of Karnataka is voting to elect a new Assembly on Sunday and as per the initial reports 11.9 percent voting had taken place till 11 am.

Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu, Union ministers M Mallikarjuna Kharge and M Veerappa Moily, leader of opposition Siddaramaiah, Karnataka Pradesh Congress committee president G Parameshwara, BJP state unit president Prahlad Joshi, and Karnataka Janatha Paksha supremo B S Yeddyurappa were among those who voted in the initial hours. Sources in the Election Commission estimated the poll percentage by 10am to be in the region of 15-20 per cent. Polling has been extended by an hour and will take place till 6pm.

Authorities have made elaborate security arrangements for peaceful and smooth conduct of polls, which commenced at 7am.Election in Periyapatna was countermanded to May 28 following the death of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate.

Some poll surveys have predicted anti-incumbency swing against the BJP's first ever government in the South . In the 2008 elections, the BJP had secured 110 seats, three short of majority and formed the government with the help of five independents who were made Ministers. The Congress had bagged 80 seats and the JDS 28. The overall voter turnout then was 64.91 percent. hat they say would propel the Congress to be the single largest party or be within the striking distance of seat of power.