Karnataka polls -Litmus test for BJP and Congress

Cashing on BSY factor BJP makes huge gains : Exit Polls predict fractured mandate

With most of the exit polls predicting a hung assembly, Yeddyurappa was getting feed back from party workers from all over the state on the prospects of BJP candidates. Modi's plan to offer prayers at the Pashu-patinath temple in Nepal on May 12, when Karnataka goes to the polls, is also seen as a gesture to Shiva devotees in the state.

When asked if the party secures majority and wants to appoint a dalit as the CM, Siddaramaiah said: "I'll tell them do it".

"While we will get 130 seats, Congress won't cross 70". The post-poll surveys claimed that the Janata Dal (Secular) or JD (S) will be the "kingmaker" with almost 40 seats.

Political pundits believe that the BJP will take a more hardline view in Jammu and Kashmir after a sudden change of guard in the state unit has left the party's vote bank unhappy - something that Shah had ignored all this while for the sake of their alliance with Mehbooba Mufti. Relax & enjoy your weekend. The development came as a surprise, as Lakshminarayana had said earlier that he would quit the party and join YSRC.

The turnout was the highest-ever in Karnataka since the 1952 Assembly elections, he said.

Over 70 per cent of the more than five crore voters, almost half of them women, exercised their franchise for the 15th Karnataka Assembly as the fiercely fought polls ended peacefully barring stray incidents. In 2005, former Prime Minister Gowda had expelled Siddaramaiah from JD (S) and it was then that Siddaramaiah joined Congress.

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No, in the past, there have been instances when exit polls have predicted the verdict of an election incorrectly. He also exuded confidence that the Congress would get an absolute majority in Karnataka.

Also, you'll see Chief Minister Siddramaiah is contesting from Badami and Chamundeshwari constituencies for Congress. While he left the decision to the high command, the chief minister told reporters that it will be hard to impose any leader.

On the other hand if BJP forms the next government in Karnataka, even if it is in coalition with JD (S), it will affirm that Modi magic remains strong, Hindutva is striding on, and give BJP a drum-beating gateway to the south. "I am confident that BJP will form the government", he said.

Mr Siddaramaiah's comment come in the context of conflicting projections by exit polls that the state is heading towards a hung Assembly. The India Today-Axis exit poll said the Congress would be the single largest party.

Sources said Mr Kumaraswamy was accompanied by his son Mr Nikhil and both will return to Bengaluru on Monday evening, so that he would be available during the counting of votes on Tuesday.

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