New Delhi, May 12: The Times Now-VMR Exit poll ruled out absolute majority to any party in Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 and predicted hung assembly in the 224-member Assembly with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerging as the single largest party.
The Bharatiya Janata Party which was eyeing to unseat the ruling Siddaramaiah government has failed to get majority. The Times Now-VMR Exit poll predicted 80-93 seats for the BJP and 90-103 for the Congress party. Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda’s party may get 31-39 seats. (Also Read: Karnataka Exit Poll by India TV: Hung Assembly Likely; Congress May Emerge as Single Largest Party With 97 Seats)
Exit Poll Results For Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018
Earlier the Times Now-VMR Opinion Poll had indicated a ‘photo-finish’ in the Karnataka Assembly elections, with the neck-and-neck battle between BJP and the Congress. The opinion poll had predicted 91 seats for Congress and two seats fewer for the BJP. The JD(S) could emerge as the kingmaker with 40 seats, the survey, conducted between April 4 and April 16 had stated. (Also Read: BJP to Emerge Single Largest Party With 97-109 Seats in Karnataka, Congress May Get 87-99 Seats: ABP News – C Voter Exit Poll)
Meanwhile, Karnataka recorded over 70 per cent voter turnout in the Assembly polls till 6 PM which were held earlier in the day, the Election Commission said.
Four CMs including incumbent Siddaramaiah, former CM BS Yeddyurappa and Jagdish Shettar were among the 2654 candidates. A total of 4.98 crore voters including 2.52 crore men, 2.44 crore women and 4,552 transgenders exercised their franchise today to choose their representatives. Over 15 lakh people were first-time voters in the 18-19 age group.
The BJP had ruled the state between 2008 and 2013 but its tenure was marred by intra-party feuds and allegations of corruption. One of its three chief ministers and its current chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa was in jail over corruption charges. On the other hand, Congress is aiming at retaining the only large state it rules after Punjab.
As per the data released by Chief Electoral Office in Karnataka, the BJP contested all 224 seats, while the Congress fought for 222 seats. The HD Devegowda-led Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) contested 201 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by Mayawati, which came into an alliance with the JD(S), contested 20 seats.