Exit polls are entertainment, enjoy weekend: Siddaramaiah

Delia Walker
May 14, 2018

The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) chief-ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa, too, dismissed the exit polls and insisted that his party would get 125 to 130 seats - more than the magic number of 113 seats in the 224-member assembly to rule the state.

The Congress leader while speaking to reporters in Chamundeshwari constituency said, "This will be my last election".

His comments came a day after the state voted for a new assembly, the result of which will be declared on Tuesday, and exit polls predicted a fractured mandate that might propel the Janata Dal (Secular) to play the kingmaker's role.

The state has over 4.97 crore electorate, including 2.52 crore men and 2.45 crore women. "At 6 feet you drown (sic)". However, before the formal announcement of the results, several agencies conducted exit polls, predicting the outcome. Relax and enjoy your weekend. 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.

Traditionally, the law of the average in this year's election was against Siddaramaiah as since 1978 no government has been repeated in Karnataka. Prior to the 2008 elections, Bachegowda was a JD (S) candidate and the polls were fought between Congress and JD (S), with Bachegowda joining the BJP in 2008, the BJP made inroads into one constituency in Bengaluru Rural.

He did not give further details saying, "We will come back to you once again with all details".

"Every Congressman or (party) activist I have met in Karnataka has no doubt that we will be the single largest party".

Yeddyurappa said on Sunday that the CM is confused.

Officials said 58,008 polling stations were set up across the state, of which 12,002 were designated as "critical".

Siddaramaiah also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP for ordering income-tax raids against Congress workers and well-wishers out of desperation because the BJP was sure to lose the elections.

Vijayapura-based analyst and a longtime follower of Lingayat politics Prof Omkara Kakade tends to agree with the Chanakya findings and says, "If 40 or cent or less have voted for Congress, it will be erroneous to suggest that Siddaramaiah's Minority tag card for Lingayat community did not work".

Some 70 per cent voters exercised their franchise for Karnataka Assembly polls on Saturday, the Election Commission said here.

This might be an indication of the negotiations which might have already started in the Congress to counter any move by the BJP to form the Government.

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