As voting in most of the places in Karnataka came to an end on Saturday evening, the exit polls' predictions have not ended curiosity but in fact, increased it with their mixed predictions.
The exit polls run by Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat and ABP-CVoter predicted that the BJP will emerge as the largest party by getting 95-114 and 97-109 seats, respectively. "Exit opinion polls are entertainment for the next 2 days", he said. While he left the decision to the high command, the chief minister told reporters that it will be hard to impose any leader. So, Dear party workers, supporters & well-wishers, don't worry about exit polls.
"The voter turnout in the polls broke all records last night".
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had yesterday prophesised a hung assembly in Karnataka and lamented that the Congress hadn't worked with the JDS.
In 2005, the former prime minister had sacked the Karnataka CM from the party after which Siddaramaiah joined the Congress.
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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.
Karnataka chief minister, however, asserted that Congress should not impose the decision.
This is by far the highest tally predicted for the BJP among all the exit polls. Karnataka has an electorate of over 4.97 crore, including 2.52 crore men and 2.45 crore women. Relax & enjoy your weekend.
Times Now-VMR exit poll, the Congress is likely to be the single largest party with 90-103 seats, the BJP second largest party with 80-93 seats.
"Both Siddaramaiah and Yeddyurappa are going to swallow their words in the afternoon of May 15 (result day) as they won't be able to become Chief Minister". The Congress had then won 16 of the 26 seats in the four districts of Bidar, Kalaburagi, Yadgir and Raichur and the BJP, which had split into KJP and BSR parties, could manage to win only four seats. In these scenarios JD-s is seen as power broker in a divided house with around 30 seats. Siddharamaiah and D. Devaraj Urs (1972-77) are the only two Chief Ministers to complete five years in office as the Chief Minister of the State since the State of Mysore was renamed Karnataka (1973).