Bengaluru, Apr 14: The Congress party would emerge as the single-largest party when the Karnataka Assembly election results will be announced, an opinion poll precited on Friday. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may win between 78 and 86 seats in Karnataka, which is heading towards a hung Assembly, said the opinion poll results. HD Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal (Secular) will play a crucial role as it is projected to bag between 34 and 43 seats.

According to the Karnataka opinion poll results, the Congress, led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, is likely to win between 90 and 101 seats in 225-member Assembly. In terms of vote share, the Congress will get 37 per cent of votes, the BJP 35 per cent and the JD (S)-BSP alliance 19 per cent, suggested the opinion poll. Predicting a hung Assembly in Karnataka, the results show that no party is expected to reach the magic number of 112.

In the outgoing assembly, the Congress has 122 legislators. On the other hand, the BJP has 48 legislators, including four from the Karnataka Janata Party, a regional outfit, Yeddyurappa floated in December 2012 after he left the party owing to his removal as Chief Minister. Karnataka will go to polls on May 12. The results will be out on May 15.

What makes Congress’s chances brighter is that a substantial 45 per cent of respondents feel that Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka should be given another chance. Among Muslims, 65 per cent believe that the Congress should rule the state again. Among Hindus, 44 per cent feel Congress deserves a second chance.

33 per cent believe Siddaramaiah is best suited to be the next chief minister, while Yeddyurappa gets the support of 26 per cent. 21 per cent of people rated HD Kumaraswamy as their favorite.