Bengaluru, May 13: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has claimed that he is ready to sacrifice the CM post for a Dalit. His statement came just two days before the counting of votes for crucial Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 which is scheduled for May 15. “I am ready to sacrifice CM’s post for a Dalit,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying to Tv9 Kannada.

Siddaramaiah‘s statement is being seen as a big political move as the exit poll predictions for Karnataka Elections 2018 on Saturday presented a conflicting picture. So post-poll alliances will play a crucial role in forming the next government in the state. (BJP Will Win Over 125 Seats, Asserts BS Yeddyurappa)

Some exit polls gave the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)  an edge over the ruling Congress, others predicted that the Congress might get the most seats, making it a strong contender to form the next government in the state. Notably, to form the government, any party has to cross the magic mark which will be 112  seats as the polling was held on 222 Assembly constituencies. However, in an overall scenario, the exit polls have not given any party a clear winning margin.

On the other hand, Congress spokesperson Pavan Khera while answering media over a question on probability of the party getting into an alliance with JD(S) said, “That situation is not going to arise, I can assure you that. I do not have any faith on exit polls whether it is in our favour or against us.”

Earlier in the day, confident of Congress’s victory in Karnataka Polls, Siddaramaiah had dismissed the exit polls predictions and termed them as mere entertainment, in a series of tweets. “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,” he tweeted.

In another tweet, he asked the Congress workers to relax over the weekend as the party will come back to power. “So, Dear party workers, supporters, and well-wishers don’t worry about exit polls. Relax & enjoy your weekend. We are coming back,” he posted 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.