"Will Give In Writing": BS Yeddyurappa's Promise On BJP Win In Karnataka

May 13, 2018, 13:13

While three TV channels predicted 80 to 114 seats for Modi's BJP, short of the half-way mark in the 224-member house, polls also forecast 22-43 seats for a regional group, Janata Dal (S), which could emerge as a kingmaker.

Counting of votes will take place on May 15.

The exit poll figures were arrived at after surveying 51,510 voters across the constituencies by 56 dedicated surveyors, India Today said.

■ 56,696: The number of polling stations in 2018, compared to 52,034 in 2013 Karnataka elections.

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The Congress is open to repeating the formula where the chief minister from either party serves for 2.5 years each, and also recognizes that Kumaraswamy would never agree to sharing power with current chief minister and friend turned foe Siddaramaiah.

Offering a fractured mandate, the exit poll results of the recently-concluded Karnataka Assembly elections predict that the state is heading towards a hung Assembly. Some experts believe this strengthens BJP's Hindutva image and going by some polls, there were many in Karnataka who had not made up their mind on the political party till the last day of the voting.

The NewsX-CNX exit poll projections, as depicted by NewsX, NewsX HD and NewsX Kannada, indicate that BJP may successfully dethrone the ruling Congress.

Confident of a victory, the CM had on Saturday thanked voters for their support.

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Following the arrest of a BJP worker in Hebbal area of Bangalore for threatening the voters to not dare cast their votes before the local BJP MLA Narayanaswamy had cast his, the poll staff were abused by Narayanaswamy, according to a News 18 report.

However, surveys by Axis My India has shown that the incumbent Congress party will make it to 111 seats, while the poll of polls indicated BJP could win 99 seats followed by 88 of Congress and 33 by JD (S).

As per the poll of the exit polls, BJP stands tall at 100 seats.

There was another twist to Times Now's coverage on exit polls.

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Meanwhile, the exit polls were divided over the party emerging as the single largest party in Karnataka. Elections in Rajarajeshwari constituency were suspended due to the seizure of near 10,000 voter ID cards while Jayanagar couldn't hold polling because of a BJP leader's death. The BJP needs to compensate from other areas the seats that it might lose in its strongholds in northern Indian states, particularly Uttar Pradesh. The 11-hour voting process, which began at 7 am, witnessed few glitches across the state with few electronic voting machines malfunctioning in certain constituencies, missing names in the voter lists etc. Polling was held in 58,008 booths in the state which has 5.06 crore electorates.

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