Karnataka Elections 2018: Exit polls show close fight between BJP-Congress; JD(S) may play kingmaker

After the Karnataka exit polls predicted a split verdict where Janata Dal Secular chief Deve Gowda could emerge kingmaker, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said while he is willing to stay on in the hot seat for another term, he would step aside for a Dalit candidate if the party high command so desires.

The election has largely been a triangular fight, with the Congress government trying hard to fend off BJP that brought in a posse of central ministers to campaign in the state. "Even a great leader like Dr B R Ambedkar had a very brief stint in electoral politics, but he had a huge influence on Indian politics", the CM elaborated on his decision. "At 6 feet you drown (sic)", he tweeted. Relax and enjoy your weekend. "Yes, we are coming to power and it is 100 % true", he said. On the other hand, Times Now-VMR said the Congress will win 90-103 seats in karnataka elections 2018. Denial of tickets to his second son Vijayendra and his close confidante and Lok Sabha MP, Shobha Karandlaje were seen as a setback for the former chief minister. He took to Twitter to urge Congress workers to take rest and assured them of a victory with a clear majority.

However, in 2008, Karnataka saw a statewide polling of 64.68% in which the electorate voted to give the BJP 110 out of the 224 seats, voting in a one-party government as against two successive coalitions (Congress-JDS and JDS-BJP) from 2004-2008.


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.

He did not give further details saying, "We will come back to you once again with all details".

However, the poll of polls show BJP could win 99 seats followed by 88 of Congress and 33 by JD (S).


Sudhir Krishnaswamy, political analyst and faculty at the Azim Premji University raised doubts on the findings of Karnataka exit polls as they had not shared their sample size, stratification, method of administration, questions posed or how it was recorded.

At the same time, he said that he himself is a contender for the top post but would gladly accept if the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) elects Siddaramaiah.

Results will be declared on Tuesday. "I am confident that BJP will form the government", he said.


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.

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