However, JDS, according to the exit polls, is expected to fare well and therefore may hold the key to formation of the new government in the state. "BJP can't get more than 60-65 seats", Siddaramaiah said. The JD (S) leader also rejected the exit polls, many of which have predicted that the JD (S) will emerge as a "kingmaker" in the hung assembly.
To a question on the possibility of a Dalit chief minister, he said, "It is fine if the party decides to have a Dalit chief minister". The turnout in Bangalore has traditionally been low, with the figure being 58.3 per cent in 2013.
State capital Bengaluru is regarded as the home of India's "Silicon Valley", while voters in farming and mining areas have very different priorities from urban dwellers. If the exit poll numbers turn out to be true, both BJP and Congress will not be able to form the next government without an ally. In the last elections, the party had got 40 seats.
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said on Sunday he would not have a problem if the Congress decides to make a Dalit the state's next chief minister. 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.
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India Today-Axix My India's upper limit (106-118) gives Congress the simple majority in 224 seat House while Republic TV-Jan ki Baat (95-114) and Today's Chanakya (120) see BJP coming to power on its own. It has predicted 73 seats for the Congress, 26 for JDS and 3 for others. Congress, with just one seat less, nudges BJP with 99 seats in the fray and JD (S) may secure 32 seats. However, some polls said the ruling Congress will emerge as the largest party.
While exit polls are often seen to be more indicative of the final results compared to opinion polls in the run-up to elections, of late, things have gone strikingly wrong for many pollsters.
No, in the past, there have been instances when exit polls have predicted the verdict of an election incorrectly. Only the average of seats predicted by two surveys showed any party reaching halfway mark - and one survey predicted this for the Congress, another for the BJP.
It is possible that back-channel talks have already begun between parties based on various permutations and combinations as exit polls have only complicated things further without giving us a clear indication.