Karnataka election 2018 : Siddaramaiah says exit polls are just for entertainment

Karnatka polls AIR

While some gave the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) an edge over the ruling Congress, others had predicted that the Congress may get the most seats, making it a strong contender to form the next government in the state.

The former Chief Minister dismissed both Congress and Janata Dal (S) having any chance to form the government and insisted that there will be no need for the BJP to seek support of any "outside support" as he was extremely confident that BJP will gain a clear majority.

The contesting political parties have kept their fingers crossed until Tuesday when the actual counting will take place.

The state election commission said there was a plot to "vitiate the poll process" in Rajarajeshwari Nagar district of the state capital Bangalore. He said 164 polling units, 157 control units and 470 VVPATs had mechanical problems and were replaced.

Times Now VMR predicted the BJP getting 86, the Congress 96, JD-S 35 and others 3 while Republic TV-Jan ki bat predicted 104 seat for the BJP, 77 for the Congress, 37 for the JD-S and two for others. Rahul Gandhi and the incumbent Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah represented the Congress party. Exit polls have predicted mixed results, with the odd swinging in BJP's favour.

Polling began on Saturday in India's southern state of Karnataka, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking to wrest control over one of the few places left in the hands of the opposition Congress party.

NDTV's Exit Poll said BJP will be single largest party with 98 seats, Congress second largest party with 88 seats, and JD (S) will be a Kingmaker with 33 seats. In the last elections, the party had got 40 seats.

All the exit polls have predicted that the highest number of votes will be bagged by the BJP, followed by Congress and JD (S).

Following the arrest of a BJP worker in Hebbal area of Bangalore for threatening the voters to not dare cast their votes before the local BJP MLA Narayanaswamy had cast his, the poll staff were abused by Narayanaswamy, according to a News 18 report. It has given Congress 90-103 seats to Congress, 80-93 seats to BJP and 31-39 seats to JDS.

While one may say that they are only doing their duty, a majority of the staff is made up of low- to middle-rung government officials who travel to unfamiliar places, get minimal facilities and do a hard job under trying circumstances.

As per the EC, a total of 600 pink polling stations were set up across the state, which was completely managed by women.

Malfunctioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) units, which were introduced for the first time across the State, disrupted polling briefly in many constituencies.

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