Don't worry, Congress will come back: Siddaramaiah dismisses exit polls on Karnataka

Sunday, 13 May, 2018

Although television exit polls indicate a close fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress, with a hung Assembly in Karnataka elections being the most likely possibility, the BJP seems to hold an edge over the Congress.

Meanwhile, Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Deve Gowda said, "I am not prepared to accept or reject anything, let's wait for 15th May (counting of votes ), we will get to know the reality". He said that out of the 64,297 ballot units for Karnataka elections, 212 units malfunctioned.

■ 56,696: The number of polling stations in 2018, compared to 52,034 in 2013 Karnataka elections. Nearly similar results reflected in the C-Voter exit polls with BJP securing 107 seats, Congress 93 seats and JD (S) 25 seats. "And finally, to all the workers of the Congress party - I am indebted to you for all your efforts", chief minister Siddaramaiah said in a tweet.

Voting concluded for 222 constituencies of the state at 6 pm on Saturday with the Election Commission saying that the total voter turnout was approximately 70%. "While JD (S) leaders claimed that they reject both the national parties, and appealed the voters to choose the JD (S)-BSP alliance instead, Siddaramaiah said " BJP is openly supporting JD (S)", the citing the fact that BJP has fielded a" dummy candidate" in Chamundeshwari. In the last elections, the party had got 40 seats. According to the exit poll report, the BJP will get 95-114 seats, while the Congress will remain confined to 73-82 seats.

A day after exit polls hinted towards a hung assembly in Karnataka with BJP emerging as the largest single party followed by the Congress, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah asked Congress workers and supporters not to worry about the forecasts.

There was another twist to Times Now's coverage on exit polls.

The channel's on-air graphics changed spectacularly as soon as it became clear that the BJP was trailing behind Congress in the exit poll predictions.

While one may say that they are only doing their duty, a majority of the staff is made up of low- to middle-rung government officials who travel to unfamiliar places, get minimal facilities and do a hard job under trying circumstances.

Karnataka went to polls on Saturday with 4.94 crore voters exercising their franchise to decide the fates of over 2500 candidates.

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. "Barring a few polling stations, voting has been completed at nearly all".