70% turnout in State with lowest in Bengaluru at 50%


A slew of exit polls that were released within hours of polls closing on Saturday predicted a tight race between the two main rivals - BJP and Congress - in the Karnataka Assembly elections with a hung Assembly as most likely, with JD (S) likely to emerge as the possible kingmaker.

In the tightly-fought election, the poll of exit polls predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may get 99 seats, the Congress 88 and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) 33. "Please wait till May 15th afternoon (when the results would be out)", he remarked.

Karnataka chief ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa on Sunday said that his party would resister resounding victory in the state and decimated the Congress government with an overwhelming majority.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that he was "very confident" of the ruling Congress retaining power in the southern State by winning over 120 seats.

Almost 70 per cent of the 49.6 million electorate in Karnataka voted on Saturday to elect a new Assembly.

In fact, the India Today-Axis MyIndia poll has been the only one to predict a simple majority for the Congress - most of the other exit polls have either the Congress or the BJP ahead, with a hung assembly scenario. One seat did not go to the election due to the demise of the BJP candidate and the other due to the seizure of around 10000 Voter Id cards in a constituency. Any party or caolition looking to form government in Karnataka will have to secure the support of at least 113 MLAs.

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Times Now-VMR exit poll suggests Congress will get 97, BJP 94, JDS+ 28, Others 0-3.

Turnout, according to the Election Commission, was 70%, down from 71.4% in 2013. They predicted 79-82 and 80-93 seats for the BJP, respectively. Nearly similar results reflected in the C-Voter exit polls with BJP securing 107 seats, Congress 93 seats and JD (S) 25 seats.

The BJP and the Congress leaders are in touch with the JD (S) leadership, and have proposed power-sharing scenarios that could be acceptable to party leader and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy.

But the Congress remains optimistic as many of its leaders including AICC secretary Manikam Tagore feel the party could increase its vote-share in Mumbai Karnataka owing to the good performance of the Siddaramaiah government.

So, Dear party workers, supporters & well wishers, don't worry about exit polls. Karnataka is also BJP's best bet to gain a foothold in the south.

"In a forty-minute video that has been made public and broadcast widely in the regional Kannada media on the evening of May 10, 2018, it is clearly seen that the candidate Shri.B.Sriramulu and three other individuals (identified as G.Janardhana Reddy, Captain Reddy and Swamiji) are seen sitting with the son-in-law of a former Chief Justice of India". A win for either the BJP or the Congress will boost their campaign and morale for the Lok Sabha polls next year and may herald a change in the political perspective in the country.