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

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Some experts believe this strengthens BJP's Hindutva image and going by some polls, there were many in Karnataka who had not made up their mind on the political party till the last day of the voting.

The only common point among all the exit polls is that the election is closely fought and no party is guaranteed well above the absolute majority mark.

Around 70 per cent of the almost five crore Karnataka voters cast their ballots on Saturday, with top leaders of all three major parties claiming to get a clear majority.

A total of 2,654 candidates, including 216 women candidates were in the fray for the assembly elections this year.

According to the scheduled announced by the Election Commission elections would be held for Karnataka South East Teachers, Karnataka south teachers and Karnataka South West teachers, Karnataka South West Graduates, Bangalore graduate and Karnataka North East graduates constituencies. But then the suspense will be on till 15th.

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BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa flashes his inked finger in Karnataka's Shimoga district.

The Economic Times reported that, as per the VMR exit polls, Congress might emerge as the largest party with 90 to 103 seats. If the Janata Dal (Secular) emerges as the kingmaker, there is every chance that HD Kumaraswamy would demand nothing less than the Chief Minister's chair in a rotating scenario. Surveys varied in their predictions for seats for the three parties, but the figures clearly indicated that the JD (S) could have a decisive role in government formation.

Till about 3 pm, approximately 53% voter turnout was reported in the single-phase Karnataka elections, as per poll officials.

On a related note, the Karnataka Assembly has 224 seats and a party or an alliance needs 113-seats to form the government. However, the breakaway party - Karnataka Janata Paksha - formed by Yeddyurappa polled 9.8% while the BSR Congress, another breakaway group from the BJP, recorded a 2.7% vote share. They predicted 79-82 and 80-93 seats for the BJP, respectively. He asked his supporters not to worry about the Exit polls. For BJP, a win in Karnataka is important as it has to show that the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party's winning streak is still continuing while for the Congress, a win in Karnataka elections will help party's cadres regain confidence and represent a strong opposition against the Central government. "There is a silent and strong wave in favour of BJP and public anger against Siddaramaiah and Congress", he said. The BJP and JD-S had 40 seats each, Karnataka Jantha Paksha 6, Badavara Shramikara Raitra 4, Karnataka Makkala Paksha, Samajwadi Party, Sarvodaya Karnataka Paksha (one each) and Independents 9.