Karnataka exit poll results 2018 highlights: Surveys predict hung assembly

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Bengaluru | Updated: May 14, 2018 12:29 PM

Karnataka exit polls 2018 result Highlights: The results of most of the Karnataka assembly election exit polls have suggested a BJP surge in the state.

Karnataka exit polls 2018 result Highlights: Less than 24 hours left in counting the votes polled on May 12, 2018, for the Karnataka assembly elections. The results of most of the Karnataka assembly election exit polls have suggested a BJP surge in the state. If the average of all exit polls results combined become true, the Congress may lose Karnataka while the BJP may end close to the magic figure and require the support of a few MLAs to come back to power in the state after five years.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said that he was ready to leave the CM’s chair if asked by the party high-command to replace him with a Dalit candidate. The CM also said that he has ‘no issues’ if the party appoints a Dalit as the next CM of the state. The outgoing Chief Minister also said that all the party legislators have fully cooperated with him in last five years. Siddaramaiah’s remark has triggered a political speculation that in case of a hung verdict, Congress may play the Dalit card to join the ranks with the Janata Dal (Secular) to form a coalition government in the state.

Addressing media, Siddaramaiah also criticised the exit polls and expressed confidence that the Congress party will retain back to power.

Voting in Karnataka ended on Saturday. The Election Commission noted 72.13 percent voting in the state- the highest-ever since 1952. In 2013, 71.4 percent voting was recorded in the state.

Here are highlights of Karnataka exit polls:

– News Nation Poll: BJP – 99-108 seats; Congress 75-84 seats; JD(S) 31-40 seats; Others 3-7

Times Now-Today’s Chanakya: BJP – 120 seats; Congress – 73 seats; JD(S) – 26 seats; Others – 4 seats

– Suvarna Exit Poll: Congress – 106-118 seats; BJP – 79-92 seats; JD(S) – 22-30 seats; Others – 1-4 seats

– Vijayavani Exit Poll: BJP – 105; Congress – 78; JD(S) -33; Others – 6

Republic – Jan Ki Baat Exit Poll (Till 2 PM) – BJP: 97-109; Congress: 87-99; JD(S): 21-30; Others: 1-8

– ABP News – C Voter Exit Poll: BJP: 104-116 seats; Congress: 83-94 seats; JD(S): 20-29 seats; Others: 0-7 seats

– NewsX-CNX Exit poll: BJP – 106; Congress – 75; JD(S) – 37; Others – 4

– Times Now-VMR Exit poll – BJP – 87 seats; Congress – 97 seats; JD(S) – 35 seats; Others: 3 seats

-India Today – Axis My India Exit Poll: Congress likely to win. BJP – 79-92 seats; Congress – 106-118 seats; JD(S)- 22-30 seats; Others: 1-4 seats

Voting in Karnataka today was marred by reports of cash for votes distribution in some segments. At some places, weather played the spoilsports. High voting was recorded in rural Karnataka.

The final result of Karnataka elections will be announced on May 15. Exit poll results often become false on the final day of counting. All three contenders – BJP, Congress and JD(S) will keep their fingers crossed till then.

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