Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Siddaramaiah says he is 'okay' if a Dalit becomes Karnataka CM

Siddaramaiah says he is 'okay' if a Dalit becomes Karnataka CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had yesterday prophesised a hung assembly in Karnataka and lamented that the Congress hadn't worked with the JDS.

"So, Dear party workers, supporters & well wishers, don't worry about exit polls. However, we expect this number to increase, and hope it surpasses that of the previous elections", he said.

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.

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During Saturday's polling, Karnataka witnessed an all-time high turnout of 73.07 per cent, with districts other than Bengaluru, bettering even the post-Emergency election (1977) record of 71.9 per cent and the 2013 State election figure of 71.45 per cent.

He is confident of the Congress getting a majority. He had said earlier in the day that the BJP's chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa was "mentally disturbed" to have claimed that the BJP would form the next government. 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.

JD (S) chief HD Deve Gowda is not fond of Siddaramaiah.

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India-Today-Axis My India shows Congress retaining power with 106 to 118 seats and same is verdict of the Kannad TV Suvarna while Republic Jan ki Baat's exit poll shows BJP having a distinct possibility to form the government with 95-114 seats. "There is a silent and strong wave in favour of BJP and public anger against Siddaramaiah and Congress", he said.

Of the 224 seats up for grabs (113 seats needed for simple majority), exit polls on average predict 89 seats for the INC, 101 for BJP and 30 for the regional party Janata Dal (Secular) (JD (S)).

Some psephologists have said the Congress will emerge as a single largest party; some gave the single largest party tag to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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Opinion polls have forecast neither the BJP or Congress would emerge as a clear victor when Karnataka finalizes the poll results on May 15. While Suvarna has echoed the India Today numbers, Dighvijay News has given the BJP the lead with 103-107 seats.

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