Karnataka polls: Exit polls increase curiosity with mixed predictions

Karnataka polls: Exit polls increase curiosity with mixed predictions

Elections were held on Saturday only for 222 seats as polling was countermanded and postponed till May 28 in two constituencies. "Exit opinion polls are entertainment for the next 2 days", he said.

He later joined Congress and became the chief minister of the southern state.

"The voter turnout in the polls broke all records last night".

When asked if the party secures majority and wants to appoint a dalit as the CM, Siddaramaiah said: "I'll tell them do it".

Another poll by India Today TV, released after voting closed on Saturday, predicted 106-118 seats for the Congress party in Karnataka, which is the only place in South India where the BJP has ever managed to win control of the state government. He is dreaming. I was on the ground and can say this much that these exit polls will be proved wrong as far as JDS is concerned.

Karnataka is few of the states in India where the Congress is still ruling.

Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda's Janata Dal Secular, forecast by a poll of exit polls to play a key role in forming Karnataka's next government, squashed speculation that the party could support the BJP.

A total of 2,654 candidates are in the fray and 4.96-crore electorate, including 2.44 crore women, will cast their votes. "Relax & enjoy your weekend", he tweeted on Sunday.

The Congress, with 25 seats, has a better chance as a lower voting percentage has always helped the party vis-a-vis the competition, The BJP has two seats and might retain them. Soon after its exit poll predictions with VMR projected the Congress as the single largest party, the channel announced that it was going to broadcast another exit poll numbers.

If the BJP and the JD (S) team up. which again seems quite unlikely as of now, it could see an entirely new set of leadership at the helm, with H D Kumaraswamy getting another shot at Chief Ministership. In these scenarios JD-s is seen as power broker in a divided house with around 30 seats. Siddharamaiah, who had earlier decided not to contest 2018 Assembly polls, has now said that this will be last poll.

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.