- Aggregate of nine exit polls shows the BJP will get 97 seats
- "We are coming back," Siddaramaiah said in Sunday morning tweet
- Congress will get only 90 seats, the poll of polls predicted
An aggregate of nine exit polls shows the BJP will get 97 seats while the Congress will get 90 - considerably below the 112 needed for majority for the 222 seats on which elections were held on Saturday. It gives 31 seats to former prime minister HD Deve Gowda's Janata Dal D(Secular) or JD(S). Votes will be counted on Tuesday.
Exit opinion polls are entertainment for the next 2 days— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 13, 2018
Relying on 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
Please note average of 6+4+2 is 4. At 6 feet you drown! 1/2
So, Dear party workers, supporters & well wishers, don't worry about exit polls. Relax & enjoy your weekend.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 13, 2018
We are coming back. 2/2
Asked if he would seek help from Mr Gowda in case of a hung assembly, he told NDTV, "The situation does not arise."
The support of the JD(S), according to exit polls, would be crucial for government formation, putting it in the kingmaker's spot. While five exit polls predict that the BJP will be the single largest party, four have given the spot to the Congress.
Mr Siddaramaiah, who joined the Congress after getting expelled from the JD(S) in 2005 over differences of opinion with Mr Gowda, has repeatedly criticised his former boss during the campaign. His party has accused Mr Gowda's party of tacitly colluding with the BJP in Chamundeshwari, where the Chief Minister contested from; he has won five times and lost twice. Expecting a tough fight there, Mr Siddaramaiah had reportedly asked the Congress for a safe seat as a backup. Badami in north Karnataka, the second seat where he contested from this time, is said to be "Plan B".