Exit polls is 'entertainment for the next 2 days': Siddaramaiah

Voters after casting their vote for Karnataka Assembly elections in Hubballi on Saturday. PTI

Voters after casting their vote for Karnataka Assembly elections in Hubballi on Saturday. PTI

Siddaramaiah had also dubbed his political rival, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s B S Yeddyurappa as "mentally disturbed" for his claim that he would take oath as the chief minister on May 17. "We are coming back (sic)", he said in a tweet.

Chief Minister Siddharamaiah indicated that the current elections would be the last he would fight and will bid adieu to electoral polity.

For the BJP, desperately seeking to form its government in Karnataka, which its president Amit Shah called the party's "gateway to the south", a triumph in the only southern state it ruled between 2008 and 2013, will help further galvanise its cadre ahead of the assembly elections in the three states and the subsequent Lok Sabha polls.

But all eyes are on the JD (Secular) of former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, give the predictions of a hung assembly in the state.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday dropped a huge hint on Congress' possible alliance with Janata Dal (Secular) if there's a split verdict in the recently held Karnataka Assembly elections. Also, you'll see Chief Minister Siddramaiah is contesting from Badami and Chamundeshwari constituencies for Congress.

But Siddaramaiah - the first Karnataka chief minister to complete a full term in three decades - dismissed the exit polls, saying these are "entertainment". The BJP will form the majority government on Tuesday and the Congress will exit from Karnataka.

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.

They put the Congress' tally at 73-82 and 87-99 respectively with the former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda-led JD (S) predicted to get 32-43 and 21-30 seats. They didn't make the cut as the majority of Congress legislators chose Siddaramaiah.

Times Now broadcast two exit polls. In the December Gujarat elections, the BJP managed to retain its mandate but suffered heavy losses in its rural constituencies.

Whereas voters elected Modi in 2014 thanks to his promise of reforms that could unlock growth in the economy there has been disquiet over his stance toward India's non-Hindu minorities, and the pain resulting from some of the economic steps taken. Neither JD (S) nor BJP has any chance.

Times Now VMR predicted the BJP getting 86, the Congress 96, JD-S 35 and others 3 while Republic TV-Jan ki bat predicted 104 seat for the BJP, 77 for the Congress, 37 for the JD-S and two for others.

The state has over 4.97 crore electorate, including 2.52 crore men and 2.45 crore women.

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