Monday, 28 May, 2018

Karnataka elections: BJP, Congress confident of win, reject possibility of hung assembly

An elderly man after casting his vote for the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 in Bangalore on Saturday. PTI An elderly man after casting his vote for the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 in Bangalore on Saturday. PTI
Nina Mathis | 14 May, 2018, 06:05

The Election Commission said the polling percentage may breach the 71.4 per cent mark recorded in the 2013 Assembly election in Karnataka which has almost 5.07 crore voters. Several exit polls also suggested that a hung assembly in Karnataka was also possible, with the Deve Gowda- led Janata Dal (Secular) playing a crucial role as a "kingmaker" for the next government. At 6 feet you drown! However, before the formal announcement of the results, several agencies conducted exit polls, predicting the outcome. Relax & enjoy your weekend. The Congress had won 122 seats and the BJP 40 seats in the last Karnataka Assembly election in 2013.

After 239 gruelling rallies and hectic poll related schedules, former chief minister and JD (S) state president H.D. Kumaraswamy left for Singapore on Sunday morning, apparently to be away from the hustle bustle of the poll for some time. The CM said he was confident of Congress getting a majority, and he would continue for a second term.

Commenting on Siddaramaiah's tweet that exit polls are entertainment for two days and Congress will form the government, the JD (S) leader said, "One may accept that these exit polls are entertainment for few TV channels, but his (Siddaramaiah) other claim is wrong. We are coming back (sic)", he said.

Siddaramaiah's statement triggered speculation that Congress is anticipating a fractured verdict and is playing the Dalit card to negotiate a post-poll tie up with the JD (S).




A 70 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the high-stakes Karnataka Assembly polls on Saturday, the Election Commission (EC) said. "I will restrict myself to Karnataka politics".

The Suvarna news channel shows Congress having the chance of emerging as single largest party with 106 to 118 seats while BJP tally may be between 79 to 92. Siddaramaiah also said that he will now groom youngsters to fight against communal forces in the state. Asked to respond, Yeddyurappa said, "The chief minister was saying such things because he knows he would lose both Chamundeshwari and Badami seats from where he is contesting. They won't say because their mindset is like that while Siddaramaiah, true to the Congress culture, has spoken very boldly and transparently indicating the confidence we have in our victory", he added.

To a question on seizures in the run-up to the polls, he said Rs 94 crore in cash, besides liquor worth Rs 24.78 crore and other items such as clothes, vehicles and electronic gadgets worth Rs 66 crore had been seized.

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