Once Karnataka Exit Polls Forecast Hung Household, Siddaramaiah's Manner

Saul Franklin
May 14, 2018

The support of Janata Dal Secular of former Prime Minister Deve Gowda, the polls have predicted, will be crucial for government formation by either party. Relax and enjoy your weekend.

The fate of almost 2,644 candidates in 222 of 224 assembly constituencies was sealed in Saturday's polls that passed off peacefully amid tight security.

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However, the poll of polls show BJP could win 99 seats followed by 88 of Congress and 33 by JD (S).

Talking to reporters before the exit polls were out indicating that the BJP would be in upswing, Siddharamaiah, however, said that he would remain to be in active politics and guide his followers. "They won't say because their mindset is like that while Siddaramaiah, true to the Congress culture, has spoken very boldly and transparently indicating the confidence we have in our victory", he added. In this region, the Congress has 31 seats and the BJP 13, but with the Reddy Brothers and Sriramulu now part of the BJP, the party expects to perform better.

He also said: "Most analysts and experts did not factor the anti-incumbency factor against Siddaramaiah government and a large number of sitting Congress lesgislators".

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He claimed there was a strong wave in BJP's favour and public ire against chief minister Siddaramaiah and the Congress. Yeddyurappa said, "He (prime minister Narendra Modi) is in touch with me and (BJP president) Amit Shah".

"This will be known when the results would be declared on Tuesday".

The Assembly Elections in Karnataka witnessed the highest voter turnout in the state in over 35 years.

"I sincerely thank all the voters of Karnataka for coming out in large numbers to exercise their franchise and ensuring that polling process was peaceful", JD (S) leader Kumaraswamy said in a tweet. The Congress knows that it will lose.

Some of the exit polls have predicted a tight race between the BJP and the Congress in Karnataka, with a possibility of the JD (S) playing the role of a kingmaker. There is no question of a hung Assembly. ".unfortunately, the evidence we have seen in the last four years (of the NDA rule) does not suggest that this country is safe in the hands of the present government", the former Union minister told a press conference in Lucknow.

His comments come at a time as he awaits the results of his fierce electoral fight from two constituencies in the 15th Legislative Assembly elections - Chamundeshwari and Badami.

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