The India TV-VMR exit poll said the ruling Congress could get 97 seats, (in a range of 90 to 103 seats), the BJP 87 (in a range of 80-93 seats), and the JD (S)-BSP alliance could get a decisive role in government formation with 35 seats (in a 31-39 seat range).
As per the Indian Express, the southern state was heading towards a hung assembly, with Congress and the BJP likely failing to win a clear majority.
BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa flashes his inked finger in Karnataka's Shimoga district.
The election in two constituencies, Jayanagar and Rajarajeshwari Nagar, both in Bengaluru was postponed earlier. Sitting MLA B.N. Vijayakumar died after cardiac arrest on Tuesday night.
However, in nearly all scenarios, the Janata Dal (Secular) emerges as a possible kingmaker.
Taking to Twitter, Siddaramaiah also recalled how he had taken charge as Karnataka CM on this date five years ago and said he looked forward to the people's love and support "for doing more". He has claimed that the BJP will secure 140-150 seats and that he will invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his swearing in. Siddaramaiah, along with his son Yathindra, voted from the Varuna Assembly segment amid cheering outside by scores of supporters. The show of confidence was dismissed by his opponent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah dismissed as "dreaming". "We are coming back", he said.More news: Sterling headed for 4th successive weekly decline after BoE holds rates
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THE high-stakes Karnataka Assembly elections saw a 70 per cent voter turnout on Saturday, the Election Commission said here. "Bengaluru (North) and Bengaluru (South) were the joint lowest at 47 percent". The 111-year-old pontiff of Siddaganga Mutt, one of the revered Lingayat monasteries, voted. The H.D. Deve Gowda-led party alleged the Congress allegation was an effort to wean away its Muslim vote base. At PES College near Hanumanthanagar in Basavanagudi constituency, voters had to wait for more than an hour as the M2 EVM machine wasn't working.
The final polling percentage is expected by Sunday.
The arrangement has been made for the first time in an election in the State.
According to election officials, the button number 9 of the ballot unit was accepting the vote by itself, the VVPAT was printing ballot slip for Serial No. 9 and the control unit was recording the vote.
First-time voters display their ink-stained fingers in Bangalore. It was a riot of colours as these booths were painted in pink and red and pink balloons and pink festoons adored the entrance. The police staff here too are women. But polling picked up again once the rain stopped. A person in Shahpur chose to cast his vote before performing the final rites of his mother, who had passed away in the morning.
High daytime temperatures that touched 42 degrees Celsius was another factor that kept voters away from the booths in several north Karnataka districts where the dominant Lingayat community holds sway.