BJP will win almost 130 seats in Karnataka, says Yeddyurappa

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         Shekhar Gupta         15 May 2018

Confident of Congress's victory in Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018, CM Siddaramaiah dismissed the exit polls predictions in a series of tweets and said, "Exit opinion polls are entertainment for the next 2 days". Polling in two assembly constituencies have been countered and deferred till May 28.

Voter surveys in India are often unreliable, however.

Karnataka is the only place in South India where the Hindu nationalist BJP has ever managed to win control of the state government.

NDTV's poll of exit polls showed both the Congress and the BJP tied at 94 seats each, thusthrowing up the possibility of a fractured mandate.

If the BJP and the JD (S) team up. which again seems quite unlikely as of now, it could see an entirely new set of leadership at the helm, with H D Kumaraswamy getting another shot at Chief Ministership. On the other hand, Chanakya exit poll predicted that the BJP will form a majority government with 120 seats, while the Congress will be reduced to 73 seats. They predicted 79-82 and 80-93 seats for the BJP, respectively.

Dismissing speculations of hung assembly Yeddyurappa told reporters in Bengaluru today that he can give in writing that the BJP will get an absolute majority bagging 125 to 130 seats. Both SP and BSP see BJP as their arch rival.

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However, some organisations also suggest that Congress could be the single-largest party in what is playing out to be a closely-fought contest.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has reiterated that he was confident of Congress retaining the power.

Senior Dalit leader Mallikharjuna M Kharge and State Congress president G Parameshwara are the two top contenders for the Chief Minister post if the JD (S) agrees to the proposal. Deve Gowda-led Janata Dal (Secular) on Sunday claimed that neither Siddaramaiah, nor B.S. Yeddyurappa will become Chief Minister of Karnataka.

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.

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 yesterday, he said.

Still, Polling to 222 Karnataka Assembly constituencies began at 7 AM and will continue till 6 PM.

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