Bengaluru | Jagran News Desk: Initial trends indicate that the candidates backed by the BJP have won a majority of panchayat seats in Karnataka as the counting of votes progressed on Wednesday. Though these polls don't take place on party symbols, all political parties have put in efforts to ensure that the candidate supported by them wins, so as to have their hold on grassroots level politics, which may prove advantageous for them in taluk or Zilla panchayat and even assembly polls whenever it happens. According to sources, the BJP has so far secured 4,228 seats, followed by the Congress with 2,265 seats, JD(S) 1,167 seats and independents 678 seats.

Over 1,100 security personnel have been deployed at the counting centres, As many as 2,22,814 candidates contested the election whereas 8,074 candidates were elected unopposed. Though these polls don't take place on party symbols, all political parties have put in efforts to ensure that the candidate supported by them wins, so as to have their hold on grassroots level politics, which may prove advantageous for them in taluk or Zilla panchayat and even assembly polls whenever it happens.

Here are the LIVE Updates from Karnataka Gram Panchayat Election Results 2020:

5:00 pm: Danappa Asangi contested five times before from Navalagi gram panchayat of Bagalkote district's banahatti taluk but he lost but wins this time.

4:40 pm: A couple contests in different villages under Akkirampura gram panchayat in Koratagere taluk, Tumkur district. While husband C Nagaraju, who contested from Akkirampura, lost by 25 votes, his wife Anjanamma contested from Venkatapura and won by 30 votes margin.

4:15 pm: A video went viral on social media showing some miscreants shouting pro-Pakistan slogans during counting of votes for gram panchayat polls in Ujire today. We will conduct a proper investigation in the matter: BM Laxmi Prasad, SP, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka

3:45 pm: According to sources, the BJP has so far secured 4,228 seats, followed by the Congress with 2,265 seats, JD(S) 1,167 seats and independents 678 seats.

3:25 pm: Initial trends indicate that the candidates backed by the BJP have won a majority of panchayat seats in Karnataka as the counting of votes progressed on Wednesday.

3:00 pm: Chaos outside Dr A V Baliga college counting centre in Karwar as counting of votes gets delayed. There has been allegedly no result from last five hours leaving people angry. Tahsildar reaches the spot to take control of the situation.

2:45 pm: In Bagalkote, the Congress-backed candidate, Mallappa, from Arakeri gram panchayat, ward no 1 of Belaagi taluk, won by one vote.

2:25 pm; Meanwhile, few candidates were declared winner after a toss was held as a tie-breaker. In Raichur, two candidates from Sunkeshwarahala, Ramadurga gram panchayat got 388 votes each. In Chikmagaluru, two candidates - manoj and krishnegowda - got 242 votes each. Manoj won by a lottery.

2:00 pm: In Belagavi, CC Amboji, who passed away three days ago, has won the Khanapura taluk's kakkeri with 414 votes

1:30 pm: According to the Karnataka State Election Commission officials, counting is taking place at all Taluk headquarters in the state by adhering to strict COVID-19 protocol of mandatory wearing of face mask, social distancing and hand hygiene.

1:00 pm: The counting process began at 226 centres at 8 am and the results are expected to be out by the afternoon. Over 1,100 security personnel have been deployed at the counting centres, State ElectionCommisioner B Basavaraju said.

12:45 pm: Elections were announced for a total of 91,339 seats in 5,728 Gram Panchayats of 226 taluks in the state, out of which candidates have been elected unopposed for 8,074 seats.

12:25 pm: Counting of votes cast in Local Body elections underway in Davanagere

12:10 pm: BJP is leading ahead in 3,873 seats, while its main rival Congress is leading on 1,988 seats.

11:45 pm: Elections were held for 43,238 seats in the first phase on December 22, while voting took place for 39,378 seats in the second phase on December 27. A total of 2,22,814 candidates were in the fray.

11:30 am: While the first phase had seen a voter turnout of about 82 per cent, it was around 80 per cent in the second phase.

11:15 am: BJP is leading in 3,437 gram panchayats, while Congress 1,590, JD(S) 601 and other 452 till 11 am.

11:00 am: Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday claimed the ruling BJP supported candidates are likely to win a majority of the seats.

10:00 am: Karnataka: Counting of votes for Local Body elections underway at a counting centre in Shivamogga

9:00 am: Counting of votes for 5,728 Gram Panchayats in Karnataka that went for polls in two phases, begins. As ballot papers were used in polls other than in Bidar district where EVMs were used, the announcement of results may get delayed, polls officials said.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan