The overall polling percentage in Karnataka assembly elections is 72.13%, which was up from the 71.45% recorded in 2013.Not unexpectedly, Bengaluru disappoints, with Bengaluru Urban polling only 51%, lower than the 57.33% polled in 2013.In constituencies in and around Bengaluru, there have been significant variations. Bangalore South saw a mere 47.45% voting, while Bangalore Rural witnessed 78.25% voting. The South is considered “old Bangalore” and saw 56.03% in 2013 while Bangalore Rural was just 57.33%.Dakshina Kannada, where there is an intense battle between the BJP and the Congress, the polling percentage was 72%, down from the 74.48% in 2013. The fear here could be that the traditional BJP supporters might not have come out to vote, indicating a tough battle.Chamundeswari and Varuna are two constituencies that have been in the news because of their VIP status as chief minister Siddaramaiah and his son’s constituencies respectively.Chamudeshwari saw 75.97% turnout while Varuna saw 78.08%. Does that augur well for the chief minister and a good initiation of his son into electoral politics? We will know on May 15.The two constituencies fall in the electorally significant Mysore region, which saw 66.88% voting, up from the 65.83% last time.Gulbarga has seen a significant fall in voting. Only 56.03% in 2018 to the 63.75% witnessed previously. The constituencies of significance here comprise Afzalpur, a bastion of six-time MLA, Malikayya V Guttedar, who defected from Congress to the BJP recently. The polling in Afzalpur was 68.31% against the 67.89% it saw in 2013. The other important constituency is Jewargi where former chief minister Dharam Singh’s son Ajay Singh is contesting on a Congress ticket. The polling percentage was 67.57% in Jewargi against the 73.29% last time.Leader of the Congress legislative party in Lok Sabha Malikarjun Kharge’s son Priyank Kharge is contesting from Chittapur (SC), which saw 58.06% this time against the 65.11% previously.With high voting percentages in the seats of the two chief ministerial contenders, it looks like they will at least win their own seats.