- Karnataka: Five of the 9 exit polls show BJP will be single largest party
- Karnataka: 4 exit polls say Congress will be the single largest party
- Leaders of Congress, BJP and JD(U) claimed that they will win majority
Four exit polls said the single largest party will be the Congress, which is hoping for a second term in power. Only one exit poll suggested a possible majority for the party.
An aggregate of nine exit polls shows the BJP will get 97 seats and the Congress 90 seats -- considerably below the 112 needed for majority for the 222 seats on which elections were held on Saturday. It gives 31 seats to the JD(S). The counting of votes will take place on Tuesday.
Five exit polls -- the ABP News-C Voter, Dighvijay News, News Nation, News X-CNX and Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat suggested that the BJP will gain above 100 seats.
Four exit polls -- Times Now-VMR, India TV, Aaj Tak-Axis and Suvarna TV -- suggested that the Congress will be the single largest party. The outside limit for Aaj Tak-Axis and Suvarna TV give the party a majority.
The leaders of all three parties have claimed that they will win majority. Mr Deve Gowda, who has teamed up with Mayawati - the Dalit powerhouse from Uttar Pradesh - has so far expressed unwillingness to join forces with the BJP or the Congress.
Late in the evening, asked if the Congress will seek help from Mr Deve Gowda in case of a hung assembly, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the "situation does not arise".