The Karnataka exit polls, released after polling ended for 222 out of 224 seats on Saturday, indicated a tight race between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress with the possibility of the Janata Dal (Secular), or JDS, emerging as a kingmaker in the event of a hung assembly. The same poll put the JD (S) tally at between 22-30 seats.
Times Now broadcast two exit polls.
Mr Siddaramaiah's administration has declared the community a separate religion and expects to split their vote as a result.
Today's Chanakya had projected 135-150 seats for the BJP in the Gujarat assembly polls a year ago. "His party is not going to cross 70 seats", Yeddyurappa said with a smile on his face.
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.
India Today-Axis were the first to announce their predictions that gave the Congress an absolutely majority in the state, while placing the saffron party second.More news: Israel calls on Syria's Assad to 'get rid' of Iranian forces
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BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa flashes his inked finger in Karnataka's Shimoga district. Over 2,600 candidates are in the fray- more than 2400 men and and over 200 women.
Of the 5,06,90,538 eligible voters, 2,56,75,579 are men, 2,50,09,904 women and 5,055 transgenders. As many as 82,157 security personnel, including home guards, civil defence volunteers and forest guards, were called in.
Congress leader Brijesh Kalappa has alleged tampering in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in parts of Karnataka to turn the elections in BJP's favour. "In the run-up to the Uttar Pradesh polls, the seizures were worth Rs 150 crore".
With the state reporting an overall voting of record 72.13 per cent, the lowest voting in the state was reported from Dasarahalli with 48.03 per cent polling followed by C V Raman Nagar 48.98 per cent (both in the city).
Anoop and Harshika come to cast their vote right after their wedding in Haveri. I have never missed voting. "I will assist the party in the coming days". "However, one thing is certain that nobody has broken into our system and no new voter ID cards have been made", Kumar said.
High daytime temperatures that touched 42 degrees Celsius was another factor that kept voters away from the booths in several north Karnataka districts where the dominant Lingayat community holds sway. "It's a proud moment for me and an unforgettable moment in my life", she said. Or, will the Narendra Modi-powered BJP, who is eyeing to dethrone the Congress government, spread its wings to the 22nd state?