Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Karnataka registers 72.13 % turnout, better than last election in 2013

Karnataka registers 72.13 % turnout, better than last election in 2013

At that time he spoke of keeping "communal forces" out, but in less than two years, Kumaraswamy became Chief Minister after striking a 20-month rotating chief ministership deal with the BJP.

Votes will be counted on Tuesday and exit polls and other surveys have often been wrong in India. He took to Twitter to urge Congress workers to take rest and assured them of a victory with a clear majority. "At 6 feet you drown (sic)". "Relax & enjoy your weekend", he tweeted on Sunday. JD (S) will bag 22-30 seats.

On whether Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's campaign would help the BJP in the southern state, the Thiruvananthapuram MP said, "The campaign fell rather flat".

As the curtain came down on the electioneering in Karnataka, which went to polls on Saturday to elect its next government, May 15 will reveal whether the Congress will retain power in Karnataka or voters really went for BJP's poll slogan "Sarkara badalisi, BJP gellisi" or former prime minister HD Deve Gowda led JD (S) would emerge as the "Kingmaker".

A hung Assembly will throw up interesting possibilities. "We are coming back (sic)", he said. However, powerful Vokkaliga (Gowda) leader and senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar indicated that the question of chief ministership is open in the event of the Congress forming the Government.

VMR exit poll predicted that the Congress was likely to win 90-103 seats, ahead of BJP's 80 to 93 seats.

While speaking to a private news channel, JDS spokesman Danish Ali squashed speculation of supporting the BJP and said that it was the Congress' "responsibility" to reach out.

Congress leaders in politically crucial hubs like Badami, Mudhol and Jamkhandi admitted that to a "large extent", the party's move on Lingayats was "hasty" as several community leaders and people at large realised that the decision was chiefly going against the interest of the' Veerashaivas'.

As we told you above that B. S. Yeddyurappa is the chief ministerial candidate for BJP and Congress is contesting the present CM Siddaramaiah. ".unfortunately, the evidence we have seen in the last four years (of the NDA rule) does not suggest that this country is safe in the hands of the present government", the former Union minister told a press conference in Lucknow.

The exit polls triggered a war of words between the Congress and the BJP, which only backed the polls that showed them as the favourites and claimed they would win when the results are declared on May 15.

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