Karnataka Exit Polls Divided Over Result!

Karnataka Exit Polls Divided Over Result!

Karnataka Exit Polls Divided Over Result!

An aggregate of the exit polls indicated that the BJP will be ahead with 99 seats, the Congress will get 88 - figures that fall far short of majority. Taking a dig at Yeddyurappa, Ramesh said that projecting him as BJP chief ministerial face was in fact helping the Congress. "Yeddyurappa is an important Lingayat leader but he does not command much respect as his tenure as chief minister was marked by corruption charges".

And, if Congress manages to gain a foothold in Karnataka, it will not only be disappointing for the Street but have wider repercussions for national elections.

If it loses Karnataka, Congress will only have two small states, Mizoram and Punjab, and the small territory of Puducherry which together account for about 2.5 percent of India's population of 1.25 billion. Till 6 pm, the voter turnout in the state was 70 per cent. "I am confident the people of Karnataka will bless us to continue serving them", he said.

Polling was held for 222 of the state's 224 constituencies following the countermanding of election for the Jayanagara seat due to the death of BJP candidate B N Vijaykumar, and deferment of voting for R R Nagar seat over allegations of electoral malpractices.

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Just a couple of weeks back, experts were painting a rosy picture for the Congress and going by Rahul Gandhi's demeanour and statement-I am ready to be Prime Minister if Congress came out on top in 2019-winds were sailing in their favour.

Most of the exit polls have predicted that none of the three major political parties will be able to get a majority in the state.

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More than 70 percent of the almost 50 million voters exercised their franchise to elect 222 lawmakers, Election Commission of India said.

Almost 70 per cent of the 49.6 million electorate in Karnataka voted on Saturday to elect a new Assembly.

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Even before the election dates was announced more than a month ago, Mr Yeddyurappa - as state BJP chief - had started touring the state extensively and had been repeatedly stating that BJP as working towards winning at least 150 seats in the 2018 elections.

Voting in one constituency was postponed after the discovery of the voting cards, which authorities suspect were obtained through bribes.

Indian voters queue to cast their ballots in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections at a polling station in Bangalore.

Earlier on May 12, when the Assembly elections were held in the state, a heated exchange of words took place between the Yeddyurappa and Siddaramaiah. Thirty-six seats are reserved for Scheduled Castes, while 15 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes.

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Votes will be counted on Tuesday and exit polls and other surveys have often been wrong in India.

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