Karnataka Exit Polls Divided Over Result!

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala

Meanwhile, HD Deve Gowda's Janta Dal (Secular), or JD (S), could emerge as the kingmaker in the state if there is a hung Assembly.

Counting of votes will take place on May 15.

The state is the last major bastion of the opposition Congress party, which India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants to break into. Voters turned out at polling booths in large numbers despite minor incidents of violence, scorching summer heat and rainfall in some parts of the state.

Offering a fractured mandate, the exit poll results of the recently-concluded Karnataka Assembly elections predict that the state is heading towards a hung Assembly.

More than 49 million people are eligible to vote for the state's 224 assembly seats. In Bengaluru's Raja Rajeshwari Nagar constituency, polling has been postponed to 28 May following the voter ID card case and countermanded in the city's Jayanagar seat following the death of BJP candidate B.N. Vijaya Kumar. Journalist Rohini Singh wrote, "If BJP does manage to win Karnataka, they will change it to Modi again".

The India Today-Axis MyIndia poll gives the Congress seats in the range of between 106-118, with 112 seats as the average.

The Congress came to power in 2013 with 122 seats, with the BJP and the JDS winning 40 each and the rest going to smaller parties and Independents. The turnout in Bangalore has traditionally been low, with the figure being 58.3 per cent in 2013.


Malfunctioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) units, which were introduced for the first time across the State, disrupted polling briefly in many constituencies. News X predicted 102-110, 72-78 and 35-39 seats for the BJP, Congress and JDS, respectively.

Similarly, with BJP, one agency forecasts 79 to 90 seats while another offers it 90 to 114, which means the party has a chance of crossing the halfway mark.

Although the Supreme Court has barred Reddy from coming to Ballari-earlier spelled Bellary-the Reddy brothers have huge influence over the region and are hoping to help get at least 30 seats for the BJP kitty on their own.

Votes will be counted on Monday and exit polls and other surveys have often been wrong in India. The JD (S) was left with just 26 seats. Deve Gowda had denied the allegation, insisting that his party had been let down by both, the Congress and BJP, and would support neither.

"In a forty-minute video that has been made public and broadcast widely in the regional Kannada media on the evening of May 10, 2018, it is clearly seen that the candidate Shri.B.Sriramulu and three other individuals (identified as G.Janardhana Reddy, Captain Reddy and Swamiji) are seen sitting with the son-in-law of a former Chief Justice of India".

Second, farm distress has become a political issue and the rural-urban stratification of the Karnataka vote will be important.

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