Modi calls upon Karnataka’s youth to come out in large numbers to vote

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged voters in Karnataka to come out in large number to cast their vote.

Polling is underway in 222 out of 224 seats in Karnataka which is witnessing a three-cornered contest among the ruling Congress, the BJP and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda’s JD(S).

“Urging my sisters and brothers of Karnataka to vote in large numbers today (Saturday). I would particularly like to call upon young voters to vote and enrich this festival of democracy with their participation,” Modi tweeted.

The Prime Minister often uses social media to urge people to vote during elections.

The Election Commission on Friday deferred the polls for the Rajarajeswari Nagar constituency to May 28 after a massive row erupted over a large number of voter ID cards being found in an apartment.

Election for the Jayanagara seat in Bengaluru was countermanded following the death of BJP candidate and sitting MLA BN Vijaykumar.

Polling for Karnataka assembly elections begins amid high security

Over 2,600 candidates are in the fray– more than 2,400 men and and over 200 women.

Officials said 58,008 polling stations have been set up across the state, of which 12,002 have been designated as “critical”, with over 3,50,000 polling personnel on duty.

Police have made elaborate security arrangements for the smooth conduct of polls that will go on till 6 pm. Counting of votes will take place on May 15.