In the high-stakes political battle in Karnataka, early trends showed BJP leading in 74 seats. Congress is just behind BJP with a lead in 67 seats, while JD(S) is at the third position with lead in 24 seats. Trends also showed Karnataka Chief minister Siddaramaiah trailing in Chamundeshwari constituency but leading in Badami constituency. Exit polls predicted a hung assembly in Karnataka. Congress and BJP fielded their respective candidates in all 222 assembly constituencies, while Janata Dal (Secular) contested on 201 seats. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) tried its luck in 21 seats.