Mumbai: The markets ended higher on Friday ahead of the Karnataka Assembly elections. The southern state will vote on Saturday and the poll outcome will be known on May 15.
A firm trend in other Asian markets and positive opening of European shares, tracking overnight gains at the Wall Street, also the bolstered the domestic sentiment.
The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 35,536, up 289 points while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 10,807, up 90 points.
Among individual stocks, Asian Paints hit a record high on strong March-quarter results and was among the top contributors to index gains.