Did Lingayat minority card backfire on Congress — Postmortem Karnataka polls

Karnatka polls AIR

Karnatka polls AIR

"I want to congratulate the voters of Karnataka". I will give it in writing.

The Election Commission said the polling percentage may breach the 71.4 per cent mark recorded in the 2013 Assembly election in Karnataka which has almost 5.07 crore voters. "It is he who is mentally confused", Yeddyurappa told reporters.

As many as four Exit Polls - have predicted that BJP, whose strength was reduced to mere 40 largely owing to split after Mr Yeddyurappa had walked out of the party, will win more than 100 seats out of 222 seats for which polling took place on Saturday. "Without Lingayat master stroke from Siddaramaiah, the Congress tally would have been near 65 to 70", Prof Kakade told UNI over phone. These are my figures. "My calculations have never gone wrong", the former chief minister said in Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, at a Press conference BJP's chief ministerial face and the Lingayat strongman BS Yeddyurappa said the BJP would form the Government and decimate the Congress to make Karnataka Congress-mukt. We are very confident that Congress will come back to power with a clear majority. Yeddyurappa claimed there was a strong wave in BJP's favour and public ire against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and the Congress.

Congress leaders in politically crucial hubs like Badami, Mudhol and Jamkhandi admitted that to a "large extent", the party's move on Lingayats was "hasty" as several community leaders and people at large realised that the decision was chiefly going against the interest of the' Veerashaivas'. At that time he spoke of keeping "communal forces" out, but in less than two years, Kumaraswamy became Chief Minister after striking a 20-month rotating chief ministership deal with the BJP.

The exit polls run by Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat and ABP-CVoter predicted that the BJP will emerge as the largest party by getting 95-114 and 97-109 seats, respectively.

The state has over 4.97 crore electorate, including 2.52 crore men and 2.45 crore women. "At 6 feet you drown".

NDTV's poll of exit polls showed both the Congress and the BJP tied at 94 seats each, thusthrowing up the possibility of a fractured mandate. "Relax & enjoy your weekend", he tweeted on Sunday.

".time has come for us to build a nation that is productive, prosperous, safe and inclusive".

The Election Commission had yesterday postponed polling in Rajrajeshwari Nagar seat to May 28, saying the current electoral process in the constituency has been "vitiated" by parties and candidates by trying to influence voters.

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