Neither Siddaramaiah, nor Yeddyurappa will become CM


Neither Siddaramaiah, nor Yeddyurappa will become CM

I do have a list of things we could have done better and a list of things that we need to do. "If the high command decides to make a Dalit the chief minister, I will give it the go ahead. You can verify it once the results are out", he told reporters here. "Until now, never have my calculations gone wrong".

Any talk of a tie-up between the Congress and the JDS is expected to come with its own set of complications.

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". Deve Gowda on Saturday said that his party expects a possibility of forming the government.

"The Congress knows it is going to lose".

A hung Assembly will throw up interesting possibilities. "I am confident that BJP will form the government", he said.

Reacting to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's views on Dalit CM issue, Member of Parliament Mallikarjuna Kharge has said he is ready to accept the post as a senior congressman and not as a Dalit leader. The BJP has declared B S Yeddyurappa as its chief ministerial candidate.

Though several exit polls have predicted a hung Assembly, the three major political parties - the Congress, BJP and Janata Dal (S) -have rubbished them.

The Election Commission of India on Saturday had said that so far the voter turnout was 70 percent, compared to 71.4 percent in 2013 elections in Karnataka. There is an anti-incumbency sentiment against the Congress party due to the anti-farmer attitude of chief minister Siddaramaiah.

The C Voter survey has predicted that BJP will emerge single largest party with 103 seats followed by Congress with 93 and JD (S) 25 seats.

The Karnataka CM is teeming with confidence as he brushes aside the exit polls as "entertainment for the next 2 days". Karnataka has an electorate of over 4.97 crore, including 2.52 crore men and 2.45 crore women. "At 6 feet you drown (sic)". "Relax & enjoy your weekend", he tweeted on Sunday. "...time has come for us to build a nation that is productive, prosperous, safe and inclusive".

Indian voters queue to cast their ballots in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections at a polling station in Bangalore. In 2005, the former prime minister had sacked the Karnataka CM from the party after which Siddaramaiah joined the Congress.

A single-phase polling was held in 222 constituencies out of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST).

NDTV's Exit Poll said BJP will be single largest party with 98 seats, Congress second largest party with 88 seats, and JD (S) will be a Kingmaker with 33 seats.

'We outrightly reject the opinion-making polls and the exit polls.



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