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

13 May 2018

The Election Commission (EC) said that voter turnout recorded was 70 percent, compared to 71.4 percent in 2013 elections in Karnataka. Bengaluru voters have shown their apathy to the poll process with just around 49.5 per cent polling.

Most of the exit polls for the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 on Saturday indicated a tight race between the BJP and the Congress and predicted that JD (S) will emerge as the kingmaker. "This will be my last election", the Congress leader told reporters in Chamundeshwari.

The CM said party workers should not feel anxious about the exit-poll results which have been predicting a tough competition between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. Mr Deve Gowda's party has said it is the Congress' "responsibility" to reach out if it did not get majority.

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At the same time, he said that he himself is a contender for the top post but would gladly accept if the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) elects Siddaramaiah.

Yeddyurappa said that only one exit-poll predictions is right. JD (S) chief HD Deve Gowda has already shunned BJP by giving them a clear no-no for a possible tie-up, given the bad history between the two parties.

A total of 2,654 candidates, including 216 women candidates were in the fray for the assembly elections this year. The results on these 30 seats is crucial to determining whether the Congress will comfortably cross the half way mark or fall short of a majority.

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In fact, some say Congress veteran Shamanur Shivashankarappa felt marginalised by the newly formed World Lingayat Council and thus after initial predicament he disapproved the Congress government's move.

The state BJP chief on Saturday had tweeted BJP is heading towards landslide victory. The opposition has also planned series of protests and demonstrations on the issue of agrarian distress on the occasion of the first anniversary of the police firing in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, in which six farmers were killed on June 6, 2017. The BJP has also done well in the 23 seats of Central Karnataka bagging 14 of the seats on offer in this region. "I am confident that the BJP will form the government".

The win is also important for the BJP in the context of 2019.

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Some people in some of the mutts may be inclined to support him, but his campaign failed to enthuse the people and questions were even asked within the BJP as to what was he doing there, when a natural calamity struck his home (state).

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