Published: Mon, May 14, 2018

Siddaramaiah ready to accept Dalit as CM of Karnataka

Siddaramaiah ready to accept Dalit as CM of Karnataka

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.

Also, some said that the exit polls aren't true and the truth will come out on Tuesday when the election commission will count the voting and tell the result to the whole nation. There is no question of a hung assembly. JD (S) supremo Deve Gowda is learnt to be ready to go with the Congress without Siddaramaiah to prove his secular credentials, which might help him play a role in the national politics. Commenting on the controversy at the Aligarh Muslim University over a portrait of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah on its campus, Tharoor said, "The portrait has been hanging there since 1938 and there were BJP governments both in the state (Uttar Pradesh) and at the Centre (earlier)".

JD-S chief and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, his wife Chennamma and second son H D Revanna cast their votes in their hometown Holenarsipura in Hassan district.

Asked about the possible formation of the BJP government in the state, Yeddyurappa further said, "He (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) is in touch with me and (BJP president) Amit Shah". The districts in Central Karnataka and the Old Mysore region also saw huge voter turnouts as well. However, the polling percentage has decreased compared to the 2013 polls where 90.99% voters had turned up.

Together, these three regions return 128 members to the Assembly, and the turnout was lower than in 2013. They predicted 79-82 and 80-93 seats for the BJP, respectively. But analysts say that the party might be in for a rude shock as its aggressive Hindutva stance may backfire. However, it remains to be seen how BJP will fare on May 15. However, his party has reportedly kept the doors open for Congress. The post-poll surveys claimed that the Janata Dal (Secular) or JD (S) will be the "kingmaker" with almost 40 seats. This is primarily because voters do not see it forming a government on its own. Congress will not cross 70 and JDS not cross 24-25.

Exit polls predicted a hung assembly after Saturday's vote, triggering speculation Siddaramaiah might have to make way for a new leader if the Congress strikes an alliance with the JD (S) to retain power.

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