Bengaluru, May 14: Counting of votes for the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 is set to take place on Tuesday, May 15. Ahead of Karnataka poll results, exit polls have predicted a hung assembly, making the Janata Dal-Secular (JDS), the kingmaker. While it remains to be seen who the JDS decides to go with in case of a hung Assembly, reports say that the party has backed a Dalit face to be the Chief Minister if the Congress wants it to ally with them. Latest reports say that in case of a hung assembly, the JDS may chose to ally with the ruling Congress, but only if a Dalit face is chosen as the Chief Minister. Catch complete coverage of Karnataka elections here.
The Congress, on the other hand, has been pitching for Siddaramaiah to continue as the Karnataka Chief Minister. Siddaramaiah is the only CM to have completed five years in office in the past 40 years in the state. However, Siddaramaiah has claimed that he is ready to sacrifice the CM post for a Dalit. “I am ready to sacrifice CM’s post for a Dalit,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying to Tv9 Kannada.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), meanwhile, is confident of winning over 130 seats and forming the government in Karnataka on its own. Even as a majority of exit polls have predicted a hung assembly, both the Congress as well as the BJP are confident of getting majority. A majority of exit polls have in fact given an edge to the BJP, saying it will emerge as the single largest party.
Today’s-Chanakya Times Now has predicted a clear mandate for the BJP. On the other hand, the India Today-Axis My India exit poll has predicted a clear victory for the Congress. With the exit polls not in tune with each other and different predictions coming out of each, all eyes are now on what happens tomorrow as Karnataka election results are declared.