Voters after casting their vote for Karnataka Assembly elections in Hubballi on Saturday. PTI
14 May, 2018, 06:04
A day after the perhaps most contentious assembly polls, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Dr G Parameshwara on Sunday made it clear that his party was not anxious about the hung assembly predictions by exit polls and expressed confidence of the ruling Congress party securing a comfortable majority of its own.
Speaking to reporters in Chamundeshwari constituency, the Congress leader said, "This will be my last election". There was only one exit poll which predicted a close to full majority to BJP while rest of the seven clearly mentioned a hung assembly. Please note an average of 6+4+2 is 4. At 6 feet you drown! "Relax & enjoy your weekend", he tweeted on Sunday.
"Why won't they say that we will make Govind M Karjole as the CM?"
On Twitter, the chief minister dubbed the exit polls as entertainment for the next two days.
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. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been very specific on number of occasions to take pot shots at Congress for not making senior Dalit leader Mallikarjun Kharge the Chief Minister in 2008", said BJP worker Shivesh Gowda in Jamkhandi. The Congress will not be able to cross 70-seat mark and (JD-S) will not get more than 24-25 seats.
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When asked if there is a possibility for a Dalit to become the CM of Karnataka, he said, "I have never objected to a Dalit being made the Chief Minister. We are coming back (sic)", he said.
The polling was conducted in 222 constituencies in the state on Saturday, and the results of the crucial election will be announced on Tuesday, May 15.
Over 2.13 per cent voter turnout was recorded on Saturday in the high-stakes Karnataka assembly elections amid projections that main contenders BJP and Congress are in a neck-and-neck race. India Today predicted the vote share of the Congress and the BJP at 39% and 35%, respectively while Republic TV pegged vote share for the parties at 36 per cent and 38.25 per cent. Though the BJP leadership asserted many times that Mr Yeddyurappa will be the chief minister for the full term, rumours had started that if BJP forms the government, he could meet the same fate as former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel who had to resign after attaining the age bar.
Officials said 58,008 polling stations were set up across the state, of which 12,002 were designated as "critical".