New Delhi, May 13: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday termed the predictions of exit polls as mere entertainment and asked the Congress workers to relax and enjoy their weekend while expressing confidence that the party will come back to power. “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,” Congress’s chief ministerial candidate tweeted while dismissing the exit polls predictions of a hung house.
“So, Dear party workers, supporters, and well-wishers don’t worry about exit polls. Relax & enjoy your weekend. We are coming back,” he mentioned in another tweet ahead of Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 result on May 15.
Meanwhile, Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Deve Gowda said, “I am not prepared to accept or reject anything, let’s wait for 15th May (counting of votes ), we will get to know the reality.”
The voting for the 224-seat constituencies was conducted on May 12, Saturday. A total of 70 per cent voter turnout was recorded in polling that began at 7 AM and continued till 6 PM. As the voting ended the results of exit polls presented a conflicting picture. While some gave the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) an edge over the ruling Congress, others had predicted that the Congress may get the most seats, making it a strong contender to form the next government in the state. However, the exit polls have not given any party a clear winning margin. (ALSO READ: Karnataka Exit Polls Predict a Hung House, BJP Ahead by a Nose)
Most exit polls had agreed on one point that there will be no clear winners in the fiercely fought Karnataka Assembly election 2018. So, post-poll alliances will play an important role in forming the next government in the state.
Meanwhile, the exit polls were divided over the party emerging as the single largest party in Karnataka. On one end of the spectrum were ABP News-C-Voter and NewsX-CNX exit polls which predicted big wins for the BJP but a hung Assembly still. While ABP News-C-Voter said the BJP would get 101-113 seats with the Congress coming a second with wins on 82-94 seats, it gave JD(S) anywhere between 18 and 31 seats. NewsX-CNX predicted 102-110 seats in the BJP’s kitty with the Congress emerging victorious on 72-78 seats.
On the other end were the India TV-VMR, Times Now-VMR, and India Today-Axis My India exit polls which predicted a hung Assembly with the Congress emerging as the single largest party. While Times Now-VMR predicted a Congress win on anywhere between 90 and 103 seats, India Today-Axis My India was more optimistic and predicted between 106 and 118 seats for the party. The counting of votes would be done on May 15, Tuesday.