Karnataka elections: Siddaramaiah fuels rumours of a possible Congress-JD(S) alliance

Katnataka Election 2018 Live Voting embarked for 222 constituencies

In Bengaluru, the turnout was 55.34 per cent compared with 57.37 per cent during 2013. If they do combine to form the government, it could be at the cost of some top leaders; so, as of now, this looks quite improbable.

Nevertheless, the Karnataka Chief Minister's softened stance and his comments on paving way for another leader, if Congress leadership demands it, certainly comes as big news for both Congress and JD (S).

Both the BJP and the Congress ran a spirited campaign in Karnataka this year with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the saffron charge with 21 rallies. BS Yeddyurappa's Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) had fought the election separately and had secured six seats. BJP's Lok Sabha member from Ballari B.R. Sriramaulu, contesting from two seats including Badami and Molakamuru (reserved) seat in Chitradurga district, on Saturday worshipped a cow and visited temples before voting. He took to Twitter to urge Congress workers to take rest and assured them of a victory with a clear majority. "The total value of the seizure was Rs 186 crore, of which cash amounted to Rs 94.66 crore, besides liquor worth Rs 24.78 crore", said Umesh Sinha, senior deputy election commissioner. The Congress, with 13 seats, is likely to increase its tally there because of the strong candidates it could field. However, it remains to be seen how BJP will fare on May 15.

While the JD (S) has played its cards close to the chest, news reports suggest that it may lean in favour of the BJP, but this is not a certainty.

The BJP and its allies are now in power in 22 of India's 29 states, but after Karnataka, three more state elections will fall due by the end of the year.




"In the battle between two large parties where the vote shift has been maximum, the JD (S) has maintained its hold and could win 40 to 45 seats", he insists. "However, any set back in Karnataka may also force the Modi government to turn populist and go slow on bold reform measures and go slow on bold reform measures that it has been known for so far".

Republic TV predicted 73-82 seats for Congress, 95-114 for BJP, 32-43 for JD (S) and 2-3 for others. In the meanwhile, exit polls, which were released after the single-phase voting in the state ended, have predicted a fractured verdict for the state.

Around 70 per cent of the almost five crore Karnataka voters cast their ballots on Saturday, with top leaders of all three major parties claiming to get a clear majority.

If we look at India Today-Axis My India Exit Poll, it gives Congress 106-118 seats, BJP 79-92 seats and JDS 22-30 seats.

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