Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaigning in Karnataka seems to have worked with the BJP crossing the halfway mark of 112 seats in the Karnataka election results decisively.

The trends in the first hour saw the Congress lead, but the BJP crawled back and the two parties were neck and neck. But, the BJP, now seems to be marching towards comfortable victory with a full majority in the State Assembly. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is trailing in both Chamundeshwari and Badami. However, BJP’s CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa has taken a comfortable lead in Shikaripura.

The BJP is leading in 116 seats, while the Congress is ahead in just 64 seats. Now, BJP and its allies are on the way to forming the government in the 21st state of India. The trends could be a big cause of concern for Rahul Gandhi and the Congress high command in Delhi.

Congress will find itself in an extremely bleak situation as it gears for the general elections next year. BS Yeddyurappa, who leads the BJP, in the State could well be preparing for returning as the chief minister of the State. The spotlight was away from Yeddyurappa in the final stages of election campaigning with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the campaign.

In one of the most high-profile and bitterly fought elections in the recent times, a total of 222 of the 224 seats went for polls involving a three-cornered contest between the ruling Congress, the BJP and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda’s JD(S).

The polling percentage in the 12 May elections has been put at 72.13%.

The counting began today at 38 counting centres across the state, amid high security.

No political party has retained the reins of the state since 1985 when the erstwhile Janata Dal formed the government under Ramakrishna Hegde for a second consecutive term.

The decisive mandate in favour of the BJP in the State reflects the enduring charisma of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his capacity to power his party to victory across the country, clearing demographic and topographical obstacles, in combination with party’s president Amit Shah’s strategy.

It would also further galvanise the BJP cadre before the Assembly elections in party-ruled Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh later this year.