Exit polls give BJP clear edge over Congress in Karnataka

Kelvin Reese
May 14, 2018

The ABP-C Voter, NewsX-CNX, Republic-Jan ki Baat and News Nation exit polls predicted the BJP would be the largest party in the assembly. However, it remains to be seen how BJP will fare on May 15. The Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 Exit Poll already coming and some of them are looking quite close.

"From very beginning for last six months I have been telling that Congress party will get majority". The survey by Suvarna news channel shows JD (S) having the chance of winning 22-30 seats.

In Bombay-Karnataka, the Lingayat and the Mahadayi river issues are likely to play a major role in deciding who will move ahead.

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said on Sunday he would not have a problem if the Congress decides to make a Dalit the state's next chief minister. An aggregate of the exit polls have given 97 seats to the BJP, 90 to the Congress and 31 to the JD (S) in the 224-member state assembly. For the Janata Dal (Secular), or JDS, a favourable verdict would establish its stature as a regional kingmaker. However, powerful Vokkaliga (Gowda) leader and senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar indicated that the question of chief ministership is open in the event of the Congress forming the Government. "Anna Bhagya" and "Shadi Bhagya" were two of his pet projects those provide free rice and subsized lentils and also financial assistance for minority people living below poverty line. National General Secretary Danish Ali said that Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) CM candidate Yeddyurappa claims will prove wrong when the results will be declared.

He had also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, charging that income tax raids were ordered against Congress workers and well-wishers out of desperation because the saffron party was sure of losing the election.

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The BJP's Chief Ministerial face B S Yeddyurappa was among the first to vote at Shikaripura in Shivamogga district.

Traditionally, the law of the average in this year's election was against Siddaramaiah as since 1978 no government has been repeated in Karnataka.

Women and young voters exercised their franchise in large numbers on Saturday, he told PTI.

Tight security arrangements were made to ensure smooth and peaceful single-phase polling in 222 constituencies, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST) and 26 in Bengaluru.

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