Enjoy weekend: Siddaramaiah tells Cong workers, a day after exit polls

Congress will get more than 120 seats.

■ 224: The number of assembly constituencies at stake in Karnataka elections.

The powerful Lingayat community, a Hindu sect that comprises 17% of the state's population, was expected to play a decisive role in the elections.

As for the other exit polls, three of them favour the Congress and five others favour the BJP-with none of them giving either party a simple majority.

The Congress candidate was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Representation of People Act, 1951, for bribery and undue influence in an election. He said that out of the 64,297 ballot units for Karnataka elections, 212 units malfunctioned.

Earlier on May 12, when the Assembly elections were held in the state, a heated exchange of words took place between the Yeddyurappa and Siddaramaiah.

The polling, which began at 7 am in 58,546 polling stations, each equipped with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs), will conclude at 6 pm. While poll pundits are guessing which way the JD (S) will go in the event of a hung assembly, state party chief HD Kumaraswamy was confident he'll be forming the government.

Following the end of a hectic day of polling across the state, various exit polls predicted a fractured verdict. Congress will exit from Karnataka. The party has a limited presence in the four other southern states, where it is unlikely to contest an election without a regional ally.

This sure was a signal to Congress that BJP smells a victory and they will leave no stone unturned. The same poll put the JD (S) tally at between 22-30 seats.

The survey gave JDS - 26 seats with plus-minus factor of seven seats. The respective prediction by Republic TV for the two parties was 36 and 38.25 per cent.

Following the arrest of a BJP worker in Hebbal area of Bangalore for threatening the voters to not dare cast their votes before the local BJP MLA Narayanaswamy had cast his, the poll staff were abused by Narayanaswamy, according to a News 18 report.

In fact, the India Today-Axis MyIndia poll has been the only one to predict a simple majority for the Congress - most of the other exit polls have either the Congress or the BJP ahead, with a hung assembly scenario. While Times Now -VMR exit poll predicted that the Congress was likely to win 90-103 seats, ahead of BJP's 80 to 93 seats. Congress, with just one seat less, nudges BJP with 99 seats in the fray and JD (S) may secure 32 seats.

Meanwhile, the exit polls were divided over the party emerging as the single largest party in Karnataka. However, the exit polls have not given any party a clear winning margin.

  • Jon Douglas