Exit polls are just for entertainment: Siddaramaiah
14 May, 2018, 00:41 | Author: Nina Hammond
THE high-stakes Karnataka Assembly elections saw a 70 per cent voter turnout on Saturday, the Election Commissionsaid here. "Exit opinion polls are entertainment for the next 2 days", he said.
The exit polls were released immediately after the voting exercise concluded in the State. Siddaramaiah exhorted his party workers, supporters and well wishers to relax and enjoy their weekend. Kumar said the voter percentage was the highest since the 1952 assembly polls.
Although the Congress and the JD (S) had shared the dais before and similar to the BJP, the alliance with the grand old party was also not successful, there were chances that both parties could once again come together to form a "secular" government.
The Congress won 13 seats in Bengaluru, against the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) 12 in the 2013 Karnataka elections, making many question if Gandhi's aggressive pitch will be enough to help his party retain or improve upon its tally from the last elections.
Karnataka chief minister, however, asserted that Congress should not impose the decision.
"Our own internal surveys have not let us down as a lot of them have predicted that we will emerge as the single largest party and form the government". Please note average of 6+4+2 is 4.
Addressing the media here, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said that he does not believe in the exit polls whether it is in favour or against his party. It has said that the BJP will win around 79-92 seats, JD (S) and its allies will bag 22-30 seats and 1-4 seats will go into the Independents' kitty.
Speaking to reporters in Chamundeshwari constituency, one of the two seats from where he contested, Mr Siddaramaiah said, "This will be my last election".
"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".
Even before the election dates was announced more than a month ago, Mr Yeddyurappa - as state BJP chief - had started touring the state extensively and had been repeatedly stating that BJP as working towards winning at least 150 seats in the 2018 elections.
India Today-Axix My India's upper limit (106-118) gives Congress the simple majority in 224 seat House while Republic TV-Jan ki Baat (95-114) and Today's Chanakya (120) see BJP coming to power on its own.
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