Exit polls are just for entertainment: Siddaramaiah

Voters after casting their vote for Karnataka Assembly elections in Hubballi on Saturday. PTI

A higher turnout is often seen as a vote for change, but exit polls have sent out mixed signals.

Siddaramaiah said, he will restrict himself to Karnataka politics as the party will win more than 120 constituencies.

According to the poll by Axis My India, Congress is expected to be the single-largest party in Karnataka with 106-118 seats while BJP will finish second with 79-92 seats. "There is a silent and strong wave in favour of BJP and public anger against Siddaramaiah and Congress", he said.

"This will be known when the results would be declared on Tuesday".

In a major twist to the high-intensity battle for the new government in Karnataka, incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that he would welcome a Dalit as the CM of the state if the Congress took such a decision.

Bengaluru:The Congress party on Friday submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission of India seeking the immediate disqualification of B.Sriramulu, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and kingpin of Karnataka's illegal mining baron G.Janardhana Reddy, over allegations of trying to bribe a relative of a Supreme Court judge for a favourable verdict. The Congress knows that it will lose. There is no question of a hung assembly. If they do combine to form the government, it could be at the cost of some top leaders; so, as of now, this looks quite improbable. He (Yeddyurappa) is mentally disturbed.


He has claimed that the BJP will secure 140-150 seats and that he will invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his swearing in. This is primarily because voters do not see it forming a government on its own.

The last Assembly election in 2013 had witnessed 71.4 per cent polling, it said. Please note an average of 6+4+2 is 4.

While Belagavi district had the highest number of voters (37,23,585), Kodagu district had the lowest voter share (4,33,846). Polling in two assembly constituencies have been countered and deferred till May 28.

The counting of votes will take place on 15 May.

Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said the figure was likely to go up as data was still being collated from various polling stations where people queued up beyond 6 p.m. when the voting was supposed to end.

In what is being termed as a "women-oriented" step, the poll panel has set up 450 "pink booths" which are being managed entirely by women.

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