Karnataka registers 72.13 % turnout, better than last election in 2013

Karnataka registers 72.13 % turnout, better than last election in 2013

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.

Most exit polls have predicted a tight race between the Congress and the BJP with the possibility of the Janata Dal-Secular emerging as the kingmaker.

Of the five major Karnataka exit polls released on Saturday, only one gives a simple majority, in its higher range, to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-the main opposition party-while three have predicted a hung assembly. For some reason, Deve Gowda is now not accepting Siddaramaiah as CM candidate. However, before the formal announcement of the results, several agencies conducted exit polls, predicting the outcome.

Both Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has dominated Indian politics since independence, have campaigned hard in Karnataka, a state of 66 million people with diverse constituencies.

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Senior Dalit leader Mallikharjuna M Kharge and State Congress president G Parameshwara are the two top contenders for the Chief Minister post if the JD (S) agrees to the proposal. The BJP has declared B S Yeddyurappa as its chief ministerial candidate.

But Siddaramaiah - the first Karnataka chief minister to complete a full term in three decades - dismissed the exit polls, saying these are "entertainment".

Another poll by India Today TV, released after voting closed on Saturday, predicted 106-118 seats for the Congress party in Karnataka, which is the only place in South India where the BJP has ever managed to win control of the state government.

His comments come at a time as he awaits the results of his fierce electoral fight from two constituencies in the 15th Legislative Assembly elections - Chamundeshwari and Badami. Karnataka has an electorate of over 4.97 crore, including 2.52 crore men and 2.45 crore women. Some polls are still showing the mixed response and you can check India Today-Axis My India exit poll, News24 with Chanakya exit poll and others. "People of Karnataka want to see HD Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister", Ali asserted. Based on it, we are sure to get 125 to 130 seats. "The BJP will form the Government with an absolute majority, and the Congress will exit from Karnataka", he added. "Yes, we are coming to power and it is 100 % true", he said.

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