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Exit polls give BJP clear edge over Congress in Karnataka

13 May 2018

The exit polls, released after polling ended for 222 out of 224 constituencies of Karnataka State Assembly, a close fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress.

With voting commencing at 7 am and ending at 6 pm, the government and security staff have to subsequently ensure that electronic voting machines (EVMs) are safely sealed and transported to a strongroom where they will be under round-the-clock guard ahead of counting day on May 15. Here are results of some of the exit polls as there were many also by regional TV networks and newspapers that only created more confusion.

Attacking the Karnataka chief minister, he added Siddaramaiah will not win in either of the constituencies.

For instance, one poll gives the Congress 87 to 99 seats while another predicts 106 to 118, indicating the possibility of securing a simple majority.

The BJP and the Congress leaders are in touch with the JD (S) leadership, and have proposed power-sharing scenarios that could be acceptable to party leader and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy.

Opinion polls have forecast neither the BJP or Congress would emerge as a clear victor when Karnataka finalizes the poll results on May 15.

NDTV's Exit Poll said BJP will be single largest party with 98 seats, Congress second largest party with 88 seats, and JD (S) will be a Kingmaker with 33 seats.

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Around 64 percent of voters exercised their franchise as polling for the Assembly elections was held on Saturday. "We will get more than 120 seats".

This sure was a signal to Congress that BJP smells a victory and they will leave no stone unturned. According to the exit poll report, the BJP will get 95-114 seats, while the Congress will remain confined to 73-82 seats.

The Times Now-VMR exit poll also has predicted a fractured mandate.

As per the poll of the exit polls, BJP stands tall at 100 seats. It has given the BJP between 69-92 seats, while Janta Dal (Secular) gets 22-30 seats.

In 2008 elections, the Assembly polls had recorded 64.78 per cent voting when the BS Yeddyurappa-led Government was formed as the first BJP Government in the southern State.

The ABP C Voter predicted 107 seats for the BJP, 88 for the Congress, 25 for the JD-S and four for others, while India Today-Axis predicted the BJP getting 85, the Congress 112, the JD (S) 26 and others one. In case of RR nagar, the election was postponed after nearly 10,000 voter ID cards were found in an apartment owned by a BJP leader, while in Jayanagar, it was as a result of the death of a BJP MLA and candidate B N Vijay Kumar that the polling had been deferred.

Exit polls give BJP clear edge over Congress in Karnataka