Exit polls give BJP clear edge over Congress in Karnataka

Posted May 14, 2018

Earlier today, Siddaramaiah mocked at the predictions of a hung assembly by conductors of various exit polls calling them "entertainment".

The chief minister on Sunday also asserted that the Congress would retain power in the southern state and said this was his last election. So, Dear party workers, supporters & well-wishers, don't worry about exit polls. A 70% voter turnout was recorded in the high-stakes election. Rahul Gandhi and the incumbent Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah represented the Congress party.

BJP state chief and its chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa said his party is headed towards a landslide victory with the support of the people.

Indicating a tight race between the BJP and the Congress, most exit polls for the Karnataka Assembly elections forecast a hung assembly but gave the saffron party an edge with a possibility of the JD (S) emerging as the kingmaker.

Opinion polls have forecast neither the BJP or Congress would emerge as a clear victor when Karnataka finalizes the poll results on May 15.

Siddharamaiah had successfully steered the Congress providing a stable Government for five years from 2013 to 2018 in Karnataka, which has in the past seen repeated changes of Chief Ministers since 1978.

Karnataka has an electorate of over 4.97 crores, including 2.52 crore men and 2.45 crore women.

In the Old Mysore region, which is traditionally a stronghold of the Vokkaligas, the JD (S), with 23 seats, could get the same number of seats or less, as predicted by various exit polls. Deve Gowda had denied the allegation, insisting that his party had been let down by both, the Congress and BJP, and would support neither.

India Today-Axis My India exit poll has predicted that Congress is likely to win 106-118 seats with 39 percent vote share and will be the single-largest party in Karnataka. "Mr Siddaramaiah will lose both in Badami and Chamundeshwari".

Reacting to the talk about Dalit Chief Minister for Karnataka, he told media persons in Mysuru that if High command and legislative party desires, he is ready to accept the suggestion without any hesitation.

Karnataka went to polls on 12 May for 222 assembly seats with the three main parties, the Congress, BJP and the JDS, all claiming to form the next government in the state.