Exit polls give BJP clear edge over Congress in Karnataka

An elderly man after casting his vote for the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 in Bangalore on Saturday. PTI

During Saturday's polling, Karnataka witnessed an all-time high turnout of 73.07 per cent, with districts other than Bengaluru, bettering even the post-Emergency election (1977) record of 71.9 per cent and the 2013 State election figure of 71.45 per cent. The BJP will form the majority government on Tuesday and the Congress will exit from Karnataka.

If the BJP and the JD (S) team up. which again seems quite unlikely as of now, it could see an entirely new set of leadership at the helm, with H D Kumaraswamy getting another shot at Chief Ministership.

Yeddyurappa calculation had never went wrong in the past and his party would get around 130 seats, said the former CM.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today brushed off exit polls' prediction of a hung house, saying he was "very confident" of the outcome of the assembly elections held today. Analysts, however, don't rule out the possibility of Mayawati, under CBI lens for alleged irregularities in sale of sugar mills when she was UP CM, joining the BJP-JD (S) coalition government in Karnataka.

"Exit opinion polls are entertainment for the next two days".

Asked if he would seek help from former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda in case of hung assembly, he told NDTV, "The situation does not arise".

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said on Sunday he would not have a problem if the Congress decides to make a Dalit the state's next chief minister.

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Siddaramaiah had also dubbed his political rival, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s B S Yeddyurappa as "mentally disturbed" for his claim that he would take oath as the chief minister on May 17.

However, according to BJP leaders the whirlwind campaign by PM Mr Modi and party chief Mr Shah as also a large number of them by Mr Yeddyurappa is expected to fetch dividends. Please note average of 6+4+2 is 4.

Now, if we talk about the election then we can say that 3 lakh personnel have been deployed in the state to ensure a free and fair poll.

Exit polls released by various news organisations and survey agencies on Saturday revealed the possibility of a hung assembly with a lot of them predicting that BJP will likely emerge as the single-largest party in the election. He maintained that the Congress would secure absolute majority. "We are coming back (sic)", he added in another tweet.

"In Karnataka, we've historically seen that a lower voter turnout results in the incumbent government being thrown out".

The results of the single-phase Assembly elections will be declared on May 15.

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