Karnataka elections: BJP, Congress confident of win, reject possibility of hung assembly

Karnataka elections: BJP, Congress confident of win, reject possibility of hung assembly

Dr Parameshwara said the Congress party's surveys were more reliable as they covered the entire State unlike the limited sample size of the exit polls.

The ABP-C Voter, NewsX-CNX, Republic-Jan ki Baat and News Nation exit polls predicted the BJP would be the largest party in the assembly.

The Karnataka CM is teeming with confidence as he brushes aside the exit polls as "entertainment for the next 2 days". That year, two senior Dalit leaders of the Congress, Mallikarjun Kharge and state party president G Parameshwara, had contested for the chief minister's post in a secret ballot of the Congress legislature party. So, Dear party workers, supporters & well-wishers, don't worry about exit polls. Kumar said the voter percentage was the highest since the 1952 assembly polls.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had yesterday prophesised a hung assembly in Karnataka and lamented that the Congress hadn't worked with the JDS.

This is by far the highest tally predicted for the BJP among all the exit polls.

Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda's Janata Dal Secular, forecast by a poll of exit polls to play a key role in forming Karnataka's next government, squashed speculation that the party could support the BJP.

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Parameshwara and Mallikarjun Kharge are two of the top Dalit leaders in Karnataka Congress. Please note average of 6+4+2 is 4. "Relax & enjoy your weekend", he tweeted on Sunday.

Addressing the media here, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said that he does not believe in the exit polls whether it is in favour or against his party.

In the Old Mysore region, which is traditionally a stronghold of the Vokkaligas, the JD (S), with 23 seats, could get the same number of seats or less, as predicted by various exit polls.

Today's Chanakya, which got its 2014 general election prediction nearly spot on but erred on Bihar 2015, has given Karnataka to the BJP with 120 seats, plus or minus 11. He had said earlier in the day that the BJP's chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa was "mentally disturbed" to have claimed that the BJP would form the next government.

The Congress had won 122 seats in the 2013 state Assembly polls following a split in the BJP, which was reduced to 40 seats while the JD (S) also got 40 seats.

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