India is not safe in BJP's hands, says Shashi Tharoor

Aaron Brown
May 14, 2018

A total of 222 are from the Congress and BJP each, 201 from JD-S, 1,155 Independents and 800 from other national, regional and fringe parties.

Agencies that carry out exit polls claim to cast a wide net to ensure accuracy, starting with opinion polls in the lead up to voting day and ending with speaking to voters as they exit polling stations.

Karnataka saw a 70 per cent voter turnout today according to the Election Commission.

During the last five years, Mr. Siddaramaiah has proved to be an astute politicians by consolidating his hold of the government as well in the party, particularly when the Congress lost one State after the other across the country since 2014.

In this context, BJP leader Krishna Gunhalkar in Vijayapura pointed out that even Congress ministers Eshwar Khandre and S.S. Mallikarjuna had threatened to quit the cabinet over the move. "I do not have any faith on exit polls whether it is in our favour or against us", Khera said.

Earlier, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday claimed the Congress will win over 120 seats in the assembly elections and he will once again hold the top post. 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. Exit polls were telecast after the end of polling in Karnataka.

Asked about the poll outcome in Karnataka, Tharoor, who campaigned for the Congress candidates in the southern state, said, "I do not believe in some of the exit polls I have seen". Also, you'll see Chief Minister Siddramaiah is contesting from Badami and Chamundeshwari constituencies for Congress.

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Axis My India exit poll forecast also tallied BJP near the majority mark with 111 seats, as Congress, in their prediction is at 85 seats.

He added that the BJP would win Karnataka with a clear majority as communities like the Lingayats, OBCs etc were supporting the party. Meanwhile, HD Deve Gowda's Janta Dal (Secular), or JD (S), could emerge as the kingmaker in the state if there is a hung Assembly.

A hung Assembly will throw up interesting possibilities. In the 2008 election that brought the BJP to power, the turnout was much lower - 65 per cent.

BJP state chief and its chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa said his party is headed towards a landslide victory with the support of the people.

But how exactly are each of these exit polls conducted?

■ 113: The number of seats required for a party or a coalition to form the government.

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