While most candidates, including chief minister Siddaramaiah, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) chief minister aspirant BS Yeddyurappa and Janata Dal (Secular)'s HD Kumaraswamy visited temples before casting their votes, others were more particular.
A slew of exit polls that were released within hours of polls closing on Saturday predicted a tight race between the two main rivals - BJP and Congress - in the Karnataka Assembly elections with a hung Assembly as most likely, with JD (S) likely to emerge as the possible kingmaker. "BJP will form the government with an absolute majority, while Congress will exit from Karnataka", he added.
Following the end of a hectic day of polling across the state, various exit polls predicted a fractured verdict. In the runup to other state polls and the general elections, we expect government policies to remain focussed on improving rural incomes. "We will advise all the other Assembly constituency in charges to take up same programme to strengthen the party at grass root level, " DCC president said. The Karnataka elections will act as a testing ground for Rahul Gandhi, as he looks to revive the ageing Congress party.
While the counting of votes will be held on May 15, let's take a look on how the parties may perform in different regions in the Karnataka.
NewsX-CNX exit poll has claimed that the BJP is set to be elected as the single largest party in the state, with close to 102-110 seats, followed by the Congress with 72-78 seats and JDS with 35-39 seats. The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party showed in Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha by-elections the damage they can cause to the BJP if they were to join forces.
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Irrespective of the outcome of the Karnataka elections and notwithstanding Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's desire to retire after the polls, a feature of the contest in the southern state is his emergence as a major state-level leader. In Central Karnataka which has 21 seats in total, the BJP may win around 13 seats, Congress may have 5, JDS can win 2 while others may only get one seat. Exit polls have predicted mixed results, with the odd swinging in BJP's favour.
"I have seen the exit polls".
Republic TV-Jan ki Baat exit poll has said that the BJP is likely to emerge as the single largest party with 95-114 seats. At the same time, the BJP's ascendency has apparently made the Congress realise that the earlier style of politics with a concentration of power at the Centre will not work.
There were reports of malfunctioning of EVMs from some polling stations, and minor clashes between Congress and BJP supporters. Until now, my calculations have not been wrong and they won't be wrong this time also.