Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

BS Yeddyurappa's fate hangs on Karnataka polls

Karnataka Assembly Elections Polling Underway CM Siddaramaiah Calls BJP’s Yeddyurappa Mentally Disturbed BS Yeddyurappa's fate hangs on Karnataka polls
Camille Neal | 14 May, 2018, 06:07

Confident of Congress's victory in Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018, CM Siddaramaiah dismissed the exit polls predictions in a series of tweets and said, "Exit opinion polls are entertainment for the next 2 days". Though the BJP leadership asserted many times that Mr Yeddyurappa will be the chief minister for the full term, rumours had started that if BJP forms the government, he could meet the same fate as former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel who had to resign after attaining the age bar.

"I am not against anybody", he stressed.

Most exit polls have predicted a tight race between the Congress and the BJP with the possibility of the Janata Dal-Secular emerging as the kingmaker.

JD (S) chief HD Deve Gowda is not fond of Siddaramaiah.

Most exit polls predicted a hung assembly in Karnataka with the BJP's emerging as the single largest party with 99 seats and the Congress close second with 84 seats.

Following the end of polls on Saturday, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president and former chief minister G Parameshwara said that the decision on the Dalit chief minister matter will be taken by the party high command. Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah tweeted, exuding confidence that his party will return to power-a feat last achieved in 1985.

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While speaking to a private news channel, JDS spokesman Danish Ali squashed speculation of supporting the BJP and said that it was the Congress' "responsibility" to reach out.

The Assembly Elections in Karnataka witnessed the highest voter turnout in the state in over 35 years. "We are 100 per cent sure of forming the government on May 17", he said. Relying on a poll of polls is like a person who can't swim crossing a river on foot relying on a statistician who told him the average depth of the river is 4 feet.

Notably, the Karnataka Assembly has 224 seats and a party or an alliance needs 113-seats to form the government.

The exit polls triggered a war of words between the Congress and the BJP, which only backed the polls that showed them as the favourites and claimed they would win when the results are declared on May 15. Please note average of 6+4+2 is 4. Asked whether he felt threatened by competition for the CM's post ahead of poll results, he said: "In any party, there will be people with ambitions of becoming CM. At 6 feet you drown".

"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.

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