Exit polls are entertainment, enjoy weekend: Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Assembly election results Congress reminds 'Dear BJP' of Arun Jaitley's tweet to assert claim for government formation

In 2013, Karnataka registered a 71.3 per cent voter turnout, highest for the previous 35 years and a good increase compared to 64.8 per cent turnout in the 2008 assembly polls.

The exit polls run by Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat and ABP-CVoter predicted that the BJP will emerge as the largest party by getting 95-114 and 97-109 seats, respectively.

"Exit opinion polls are entertainment for the next 2 days". Then came the Times Now-VMR exit poll predictions that too showed the Congress in an advantageous position with more than 100 seats.

According to a report in The Times of India, Siddaramaiah, however, added if a dalit chief minister is appointed without taking legislators into confidence, it will adversely impact governance owing to dissidence.

Meanwhile BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Yeddyurappa and incumbent Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah are confident of forming the next government in the state.

Karnataka is few of the states in India where the Congress is still ruling. But its 31 seats predicted by the polls are more than enough to place it in the kingmaker's spot.

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Today's Chanakya, which got its 2014 general election prediction nearly spot on but erred on Bihar 2015, has given Karnataka to the BJP with 120 seats, plus or minus 11.

A total of 2,654 candidates are in the fray and 4.96-crore electorate, including 2.44 crore women, will cast their votes. Relax & enjoy your weekend. It has said that the BJP will win around 79-92 seats, JD (S) and its allies will bag 22-30 seats and 1-4 seats will go into the Independents' kitty.

India Today-Axis My India exit poll has predicted that Congress is likely to win 106-118 seats with 39 percent vote share and will be the single-largest party in Karnataka.

Earlier, there were media reports that if the Congress failed to secure a majority in Karnataka Assembly elections, the JD (S) could support the party.

In Chamundeshwari where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah fought his last electoral battle the polling was 76.05 per cent, while in his second contesting constituency Badami witnessed a turnout was 74.65.

Through the election campaign, the Congress and its chief Rahul Gandhi had pointed to evidence on the ground that suggested the Janata Dal Secular could be playing the BJP's B-team.

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