Voter turnout in Karnataka highest since 1952 Assembly polls: CEO

Karnataka is the second state after Gujarat where Narendra Modi’s mass appeal has helped BJP perform well in assembly polls

Karnataka is the second state after Gujarat where Narendra Modi’s mass appeal has helped BJP perform well in assembly polls

Some 70 per cent voters exercised their franchise for Karnataka Assembly polls on Saturday, the Election Commission said here. There is no question of a hung assembly.

Siddaramaiah's latest comment has now further fuelled the rumours of a possible tie-up between Congress and JD (S) but the strained personal relationship between Karnataka CM and Deve Gowda remains a point of trouble. If they do combine to form the government, it could be at the cost of some top leaders; so, as of now, this looks quite improbable.

Kumaraswamy is the chief ministerial face of the JD (S).

This might be an indication of the negotiations which might have already started in the Congress to counter any move by the BJP to form the Government. The highest voter turnout before 2013 was in 1978 - when the state witnessed a polling percentage of 71.90%. However, the polling percentage has decreased compared to the 2013 polls where 90.99% voters had turned up.

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According to Jan Ki Baat-Republic TV prediction, BJP's tally has been shown between 95 and 114 and Congress share 73 to 82. But analysts say that the party might be in for a rude shock as its aggressive Hindutva stance may backfire. In 2008 polls when Mr Yeddyurappa had led the landslide victory for BJP, the total tally for saffron outfit was 110 followed by 80 of Congress and 28 by the JD (S). Tharoor, who was here to take part in a programme of the All India Professional Congress, said, "The All India Professional Congress endeavours to open chapters in various Lok Sabha constituencies, so that professionals can come together and interact as they do in a club". The lower turnout lesser may actually help the BJP, feel analysts said. JD (S) will bag 22-30 seats. This is primarily because voters do not see it forming a government on its own.

On being asked about exit polls result, the JD (S) leader said,"We outrightly reject the opinion-making polls and the exit polls".

Dismissing speculations of hung assembly Yeddyurappa told reporters in Bengaluru today that he can give in writing that the BJP will get an absolute majority bagging 125 to 130 seats.

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.

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