Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Even before the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 polling, the Bharatiya Janata Party‘s Karnataka chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa on Monday, April 30, claimed that he will be the next Chief Minister of the state. Rubbishing the prediction of a hung assembly in the state, Yeddyurappa told India Today that he is “101 per cent sure of becoming the next Chief Minister of Karnataka”. Also Read - Rift in BJP Ahead of Bengal Elections 2021, Workers Clash at Party Offices, Torch Vehicles

The BJP’s CM candidate has also picked a date he “will be sworn in as the CM of Karnataka”. He said that he would either be sworn in on May 17th or 18th. He, however, said that the swearing-in date will depend on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I request the Prime Minister to be present in Bangalore. We are going to get sufficient seats. I will be sworn in on the 17th or 18th, based on the PM’s convenience. Both are good days,” he said. Also Read - Farmers Protest: 11th Round of Talks Between Govt, Farmer Unions Today | LIVE Updates

Calling Siddaramaiah a “foolish fellow speaking nonsense” for his statement that he is fighting PM Modi and not his CM candidate, Yeddyurappa claimed that he (Siddaramaiah) will “lose miserably in Chamundeshwari and will be the last Congress CM in the state of Karnataka. Also Read - Serum Institute Fire Claims Five Lives, Poonawala Announces Compensation of Rs 25 Lakh | Top Developments

Ruling out any post-poll alliance JD(S), BSY said that the BJP will form the next government in Karnataka with an absolute majority. Pollsters have predicted a hung Assembly in Karnataka, with neither the ruling Congress nor the BJP attaining a majority. They have said the JD(S), of former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, would emerge as the kingmaker, PTI reported.

Earlier, incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah ruled out the possibility of hung Assembly in the Karnataka elections, scheduled to take place on May 12. In an interview with news agency ANI, Siddaramaiah said he is confident of winning from both Badami and Chamundeshwari constituencies, adding that the Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s campaigning will have a huge impact in Karnataka elections.

“There will be no hung assembly, I am very clear about it. Therefore this question doesn’t arise at all. I will 100 per cent win in both Badami and Chamundeshwari. I don’t have any strong opponent in these two places,” Siddaramaiah said. A Karnataka Elections 2018 opinion poll predicted hung Assembly in the state with Congress being projected to emerge as the largest party with between 78 and 86 seats.