Exit polls give BJP clear edge over Congress in Karnataka

May 13, 2018, 14:08
Exit polls give BJP clear edge over Congress in Karnataka

The BJP leader was confident that his party would register a resounding victory in the state and usurp the reigning Congress government with an overwhelming majority.

The Chief Election Commissioner stated that re-polling will take place in a polling station at Lottegollahalli in Hebbal due to malfunctioning of a ballot unit. "He won't get more than 65 seats".

A 70 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the high-stakes Karnataka Assembly polls today, the Election Commission (EC) said.

Karnataka is the hub of India's information technology industry and has a population of 64 million. Counting and announcement of results will be done on Tuesday, May 15.

Why is the election important?

Modi faces a general election within 12 months, and how his Bharatiya Janata Party fares in Karnataka, the only southern state where it has ever made significant inroads, could give an indication whether the tide is still with him. Four others said Congress will be ahead of the BJP. It would also ensure that the party would not be reduced to ruling only one big state, that of Punjab, in the entire country.

However, this is also a crucial election for the BJP, which has won in Karnataka only once before. It has predicted 73 seats for the Congress, 26 for JDS and 3 for others.

Who are the key players?

When asked about his opponent's statement, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told ANI: "Yeddyurappa is mentally disturbed".

As the voting concluded, News X-CNX exit poll survey speculated that the saffron party will emerge as the single largest party in Karnataka with 102-110 seats. The Congress, claimed Ramesh, would win because of chief minister Siddaramaiah's appeal, strong party organisation and extensive campaigning by Rahul Gandhi.

Speaking to media persons, Siddaramaiah said, "If the high command decides to choose a Dalit CM, I do not have any objection".

But if Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy are persuaded by the Congress to support them, they would demand a change of guard - that might see a new Congress Chief Minister emerging out of nowhere, as happened with N Dharam Singh in 2004.

What were the key poll issues?

So, post-poll alliances will play an important role in forming the next government in the state.

Karnataka is the only place in South India where the Hindu nationalist BJP has ever managed to win control of the state government. A section of the community has been demanding that the sect be identified as a separate religion, distinct from Hinduism.

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