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Karnataka elections: BJP, Congress confident of win, reject possibility of hung assembly

Karnataka elections: BJP, Congress confident of win, reject possibility of hung assembly

The Congress, he said, will "have majority" in the state where no party had been allowed two consecutive terms in power for more than three decades. Voting was deferred in two constituencies.

Karnataka is the only place in South India where the Hindu nationalist BJP has ever managed to win control of the state government. There was only one exit poll which predicted a close to full majority to BJP while rest of the seven clearly mentioned a hung assembly.

As soon as polling for 222 of the 224-member Karnataka Assembly concluded on Saturday, different media organisations and poll observers started to predict possible scenarios about the results.

If the BJP and the JD (S) team up. which again seems quite unlikely as of now, it could see an entirely new set of leadership at the helm, with H D Kumaraswamy getting another shot at Chief Ministership. They predicted 79-82 and 80-93 seats for the BJP, respectively.

The Chief Minister ruled out possibility of any post-poll alliance with JD (S) to get the requisite numbers saying Congress would get majority of its own and so such situation will not arise. Times Now put the likely tally of the JD (S) at 31-39 while India Today put its figure at 22-30 seats. It remains to be seen whether the Congress' gamble of according religious minority status to Lingayat-Veerashaivas pays off; an umbrella organisation of Lingayat mutts has urged its followers to vote for the Congress.

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The News Nation survey shows the BJP could end up winning 105-109 seats while Congress tally will nosedive to 71 to 75.

Siddaramaiah also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP for ordering income-tax raids against Congress workers and well-wishers out of desperation because the BJP was sure to lose the elections.

Many Congress leaders said that people on the streets both in Bengaluru and rural pockets speak highly of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his welfare schemes aimed at making the state hunger-free. He had said earlier in the day that the BJP's chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa was "mentally disturbed" to have claimed that the BJP would form the next government.

Tight security arrangements were made to ensure smooth and peaceful single-phase polling in 222 constituencies, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST) and 26 in Bengaluru.


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