Karnataka Polls: Neither Siddaramaiah, Nor Yeddyurappa Will Become Chief Minister, Claims JD(S)

Voters after casting their vote for Karnataka Assembly elections in Hubballi on Saturday. PTI

As the polling ended on Saturday after days of bitter election campaign by both the Congress and the BJP, chief ministerial aspirants thanked people for participating in the election process and expressed hope about public support in their favour.

Siddaramaiah's statement was seen as a significant sign that the Congress party was considering alliance talks with the JD (S) in case of a hung Assembly as predicted by the exit polls.

The chief minister on Sunday also asserted that the Congress would retain power in the southern state and said this was his last election.

He further added, "So, Dear party workers, supporters & well wishers, don't worry about exit polls".

However, the low voter turnout in the 28 Assembly constituencies in Bengaluru city has caused concern in the Election Commission.

Answering questions, he said the party high command will take note of Dalits' aspiration for the Chief Minister's post as there was similar demands in 2013 itself.

In what is projected as a tight race, voting was held in 222 out of 224 seats in a three-cornered contest among the ruling Congress, the BJP and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda's JD (S).

BJP & Congress both are close, most show BJP in lead: Well, as you all may know that Karnataka Assembly Elections took place recently and now the parties are waiting for the result.

However, various Exit polls conducted by visual media on Saturday had predicted a fractured mandate.

Karnataka has an electorate of over 4.97 crores, including 2.52 crore men and 2.45 crore women.

India Today-Axis exit poll, however, put the Congress in a pole position and predicted its tally in the range of 106-118 seats while of the BJP between 79-92.

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. "The JD-S will manage 25 seats and Independents will win 3-4 seats". It predicts 82 to 94 seats for Congress, while JD (S) and others will get 18-31 seats and 1 to 8 seats respectively. Kumaraswamy enjoyed his term till October 2007, but then refused to make way for the BJP's B S Yeddyurappa.

The Congress had won 122 seats and the BJP 40 seats in the last Karnataka Assembly election in 2013.

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