Polls suggest Modi's BJP may be leading party in Karnataka

Katnataka Election 2018 Live Voting embarked for 222 constituencies

Katnataka Election 2018 Live Voting embarked for 222 constituencies

Indicating a tight race between BJP and Congress, most exit polls for the Karnataka Assembly elections today forecast a hung assembly with JD (S) likely to play the kingmaker, but were divided on which of the two national parties would emerge as the largest in the House. Also, you'll see Chief Minister Siddramaiah is contesting from Badami and Chamundeshwari constituencies for Congress.

"I am not against anybody", he stressed.

Several other exit polls have also predicted a possibility of hung Assembly with the Janata Dal (Secular) playing a crucial role in the formation of the next government.

The ABP-C exit poll suggests that the BJP will get 97-109 seats, the Congress 87-99 seats and the JD (S) 21-30 seats.

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Meanwhile, the JD (S) chief and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, keeping his cards close to the chest, said that he was not yet "prepared" to "accept or reject" anything and asked people to wait for the results day.

The high voter turnout has triggered a political debate even as both the ruling Congress and the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party claimed that it was an indication of the voters' mood in their favour.

The last Assembly election in the southern state in 2013 had witnessed 71.4 per cent polling, the poll panel said.

To a question on seizures in the run-up to the polls, he said Rs 94 crore in cash, besides liquor worth Rs 24.78 crore and other items such as clothes, vehicles and electronic gadgets worth Rs 66 crore had been seized.

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But, she is also confident that the BJP will secure a majority so the question will not arise for the Congress party.

This might be an indication of the negotiations which might have already started in the Congress to counter any move by the BJP to form the Government. "However, we expect this number to increase, and hope it surpasses that of the previous elections", he said. Relying on a poll of polls is like a person who can't swim crossing a river on foot relying on a statistician who told him the average depth of the river is 4 feet. "At 6 feet you drown (sic)", he tweeted. Prior to the 2008 elections, Bachegowda was a JD (S) candidate and the polls were fought between Congress and JD (S), with Bachegowda joining the BJP in 2008, the BJP made inroads into one constituency in Bengaluru Rural.

As many as four Exit Polls - have predicted that BJP, whose strength was reduced to mere 40 largely owing to split after Mr Yeddyurappa had walked out of the party, will win more than 100 seats out of 222 seats for which polling took place on Saturday.

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