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13 May 2018, 01:15 | Bernice Figueroa
Karnataka: India state votes in bitterly contested poll
"Dear party workers, supporters & well-wishers, don't worry about exit polls". Everybody is confident of winning with an absolute majority.
Analysts believe that a loss in this election would spell disaster for the Congress party, which rules only three other states apart from Karnataka. Taking a dig at Yeddyurappa, Ramesh said that projecting him as BJP chief ministerial face was in fact helping the Congress. "Yeddyurappa is an important Lingayat leader but he does not command much respect as his tenure as chief minister was marked by corruption charges".
The Congress candidate was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Representation of People Act, 1951, for bribery and undue influence in an election.
The D-Street is factoring a favourable Karnataka poll outcome on Tuesday, by a split exit poll result could cause a kneejerk reaction. In Bengaluru's Raja Rajeshwari Nagar constituency, polling has been postponed to 28 May following the voter ID card case and countermanded in the city's Jayanagar seat following the death of BJP candidate B.N. Vijaya Kumar.
For instance, the ABP-C Voter Exit poll predicts a 41per cent vote share to the BJP - but just 97-109 seats to the BJP. "We are coming back", the Chief Minister said in his tweets.
When asked about the numbers, the chief minister simply said, "I was expecting this". "We are 100% sure of forming the government on May 17", he added. The Gujarat exit polls weren't very long ago and the urban bias and other variables - including the size and quality of samples - can lead to errors.
The Election Commission sent a deputy election commissioner as a "special observer" to Karnataka after recovery of almost 10,000 "fake" voter ID cards in Raj Rajeshwari Nagar Assembly.
On Saturday, the highest turnout was in Ramanagara district with over 80% voters casting their votes.
In the December Gujarat elections, the BJP managed to retain its mandate but suffered heavy losses in its rural constituencies.
The Chief Election Commissioner stated that re-polling will take place in a polling station at Lottegollahalli in Hebbal due to malfunctioning of a ballot unit.
Overall, Bengaluru continued its poor show on polling day, with Bengaluru South recording a disappointing 52.8%, while Bengaluru North didn't fare any better with only 53.21% voters queuing up on Saturday. Thirty-six seats are reserved for Scheduled Castes, while 15 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes.
Mr Siddaramaiah's administration has declared the community a separate religion and expects to split their vote as a result.
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