New Delhi, May 13: Hours after BS Yeddyurappa and CM Siddaramaiah claimed that their party will gain an absolute majority on May 15 in Karnataka, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda-led Janata Dal (Secular) on Sunday said that neither Congress nor BJP will form government in the state. Speaking to ANI, the JD(S) National General Secretary Danish Ali said that Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) CM candidate Yeddyurappa claims will prove wrong when the results will be declared.
“Both Siddaramaiah and Yeddyurappa are going to swallow their words in the afternoon of May 15 (result day) as they won’t be able to become Chief Minister. People of Karnataka want to see HD Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister,” Ali asserted. Notably, Kumaraswamy is the chief ministerial candidate of the JD(S). (BJP Will Win Over 125 Seats, Asserts BS Yeddyurappa)
On being asked about exit polls result, the JD(S) leader said,”We outrightly reject the opinion-making polls and the exit polls. My appeal to all the stakeholders is this that if these opinion polls and exit polls prove to be wrong then they should be banned because they are doing a lot of injustice to the people of this country, and particularly to the regional parties.”(Also Read: Siddaramaiah Ready to Sacrifice Karnataka CM Post For a Dalit)
Commenting on Siddaramaiah’s tweet that exit polls are entertainment for two days and Congress will form the government, the JD (S) leader said, “One may accept that these exit polls are entertainment for few TV channels, but his (Siddaramaiah) other claim is wrong. He is dreaming. I was on the ground and can say this much that these exit polls will be proved wrong as far as JDS is concerned. They are underestimating a lot about the JDS.”
Earlier in the day, while BJP’s CM candidate Yeddyurappa claimed that his party will bag over 125 seats, incumbent CM Siddaramaiah termed the exit polls a mere ‘weekend entertainment’. Confident of Congress’s victory in Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018, CM Siddaramaiah dismissed the exit polls predictions in a series of tweets and said, “Exit opinion polls are entertainment for the next 2 days. Relying on a poll of polls is like a person who can’t swim crossing a river on foot relying on a statistician who told him the average depth of the river is 4 feet. Please note an average of 6+4+2 is 4. At 6 feet you drown.”
On the other hand, while addressing a press conference in Bengaluru, Yeddyurappa expressed confidence that there is a strong wave in favour of his party. “I have seen the exit polls. BJP will win more than 125-130 seats. Congress will not be able to cross 70 seats and Janata Dal (Secular) (JD-S) will not cross 24-25 seats. There is a silent and strong wave in favour of BJP and public anger against Siddaramaiah and Congress,” he said.
Notably, the Karnataka Assembly has 224 seats and a party or an alliance needs 113-seats to form the government.