Chennai: A day after voting took place for the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018, in which a few exit polls predicted a hung assembly, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today urged party workers to ignore such polls, calling exit and opinion polls as mere entertainment for the next two days. The Congress, he said, will "have majority" in the state where no party had been allowed two consecutive terms in power for more than three decades. "Even a great leader like Dr B R Ambedkar had a very brief stint in electoral politics, but he had a huge influence on Indian politics", the CM elaborated on his decision.
If the predictions in most of these Exit Polls come true, the BJP leadership will be jubilant enough as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's self-declared mission "Congress Free" India would come true.
The state has over 4.97 crore electorate, including 2.52 crore men and 2.45 crore women. "At 6 feet you drown (sic)", he tweeted.
In the Old Mysore region, which is traditionally a stronghold of the Vokkaligas, the JD (S), with 23 seats, could get the same number of seats or less, as predicted by various exit polls. Relax and enjoy your weekend. "We are 100 per cent sure of forming the government on May 17", he said. "We are going to win 125-130 seats with the help of everyone".
Traditionally, the law of the average in this year's election was against Siddaramaiah as since 1978 no government has been repeated in Karnataka.
On the other hand, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman mocked Siaddramaiah's comments, saying that such a comment proved that the Congress has "lots of doubts" regarding its win.More news: France urges Europe to act against US, Iran sanctions
".time has come for us to build a nation that is productive, prosperous, safe and inclusive".
Voters wait in a queue to cast their ballot outside a polling station during Karnataka assembly elections in Bengaluru. Some seats in southern Karnataka will be taken by the JD (S).
As soon as polling for 222 of the 224-member Karnataka Assembly concluded on Saturday, different media organisations and poll observers started to predict possible scenarios about the results. "I am confident that BJP will form the government", he said. Siddaramaiah also said that he will now groom youngsters to fight against communal forces in the state.
He claimed that there is a strong wave in BJP's favour.
Many Congress leaders said that people on the streets both in Bengaluru and rural pockets speak highly of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his welfare schemes aimed at making the state hunger-free.