Earlier in the day, the chief ministerial candidate of the JD-S, H.D. Kumaraswamy, met Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswami of Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math in Jayanagar amidst polling for the Karnataka Assembly.
At least seven of the 11 exit polls give an edge to BJP, very close to 112 seats needed in the polling for 222 in the 224-member House while NDTV shows voters balancing Congress and BJP with each getting 94 seats and JD (S) 32. "Exit opinion polls are entertainment for the next 2 days", he said. Congress and Janata Dal (S) leaders have already started making subtle overtures to each other, with Congress minister DK Shivakumar stating that he expects the JD (S) to perform better this time. A 70% voter turnout was recorded in the high-stakes election.
Following the end of polls on Saturday, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president and former chief minister G Parameshwara said that the decision on the Dalit chief minister matter will be taken by the party high command.
While pollsters have predicted a hung Assembly in Karnataka, that party that wins the most number of seats in Old Mysore, Bombay-Karnataka and Coastal Karnataka regions, is likely to form the next government.
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Exit polls released by various news organisations and survey agencies on Saturday revealed the possibility of a hung assembly with majority predicting that BJP will likely emerge as the single-largest party in the election.
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The India Today-Axis My India said the Congress will emerge as the largest party, predicted the party's victory on and 106-118 seats.
Over 2.13 per cent voter turnout was recorded on Saturday in the high-stakes Karnataka assembly elections amid projections that main contenders BJP and Congress are in a neck-and-neck race. It has said that the BJP will win around 79-92 seats, JD (S) and its allies will bag 22-30 seats and 1-4 seats will go into the Independents' kitty. Siddaramaiah, who was once a key JD (S) leader, was sacked by the former prime minister in 2005.