Karnataka elections: 70% voter turnout, exit polls predict hung assembly

  • Karnataka elections: 70% voter turnout, exit polls predict hung assembly

Karnataka elections: 70% voter turnout, exit polls predict hung assembly

Karnataka voted for 222 out of 224 Assembly constituencies on Saturday.

On 15 May, the election results will finally show just what did really matter to the people who queued up outside polling booths on Saturday to elect their MLAs. "On the evening of May 15, I will go and meet the Prime Minister and invite him for the swearing-in ceremony on May 17", Yeddyurappa told the media. 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.

The ruling Congress blamed the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the incident, calling it a conspiracy hatched by the party leaders in the apartment that allegedly belonged to a former BJP Corporator Manjula Nanjamari. The issue has given the Congress party more ammunition to attack the BJP, its main contender in the fight for power in Karnataka.

When asked about Exit polls, he refused to comment on them. The exit poll predicts that the BJP is set to bag 102 to 110, thereby fortifying its position in the state.

However, Today's Chanakya forecast a majority for the BJP with 120 seats and gave the Congress and the JD (S) 73 and 26 seats respectively. The party has a limited presence in the four other southern states, where it is unlikely to contest an election without a regional ally. This was perhaps the first time a news channel had commissioned two exit polls. While ABP News-C-Voter said the BJP would get 101-113 seats with the Congress coming a second with wins on 82-94 seats, it gave JD (S) anywhere between 18 and 31 seats. While Times Now -VMR exit poll predicted that the Congress was likely to win 90-103 seats, ahead of BJP's 80 to 93 seats.

The India Today-Axis My India exit polls said the Congress is expected to be the single largest party with 106-118 seats, the BJP is expected to get 79-92 seats and JDS 22-30 seats. The BJP needs to compensate from other areas the seats that it might lose in its strongholds in northern Indian states, particularly Uttar Pradesh. With 76% turnout, Ramanagara and Chikkaballapura constituencies recorded the highest polling; Bengaluru Urban, stayed true to its reputation of staying home on voting day and recorded the lowest polling of 48%.

In 2013, Karnataka registered a 71.3 per cent voter turnout, highest for the previous 35 years and a good increase compared to 64.8 per cent turnout in the 2008 assembly polls.