- JD-S Chief prays at Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math before counting
- Math located in spiritual headquarters of Vokkaliga community - Mandya
- Exit polls predict hung assembly, JD-S support will be key
The 58-year-old leader, who is contesting from Ramanagara and Channapatna constituencies, was seen attending the morning havan (offerings to fire) and seeking blessings of the priests. He is leading from both constituencies.
Mr Kumaraswamy has made it clear that he is in the race for Chief Ministership, with claims that his party will win full majority. But after exit polls predicted a hung house, where his party will play a crucial role in forming the next government, there is speculation that the JDS will angle for a deputy chief minister's post for him in return for its support.
The party the JD(S) is seen as comfortable with is the Congress. Mr Kumaraswamy's father, former Prime Minster HD Deve Gowda has not ruled it out as stringently as he did the BJP. The party's senior leaders have even indicated that the overture must come from the Congress.
After Saturday's election, Mr Kumaraswamy went for a quick trip to Singapore - triggering speculation that he was conducting negotiations in view of a split verdict.
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