Bengaluru, May 12 Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Sanjeev Kumar today said women and young voters exercised their franchise in large numbers in today's poll and the turnout was expected to cross 70 per cent.
In Coastal Karnataka, the BJP has five seats and is fairly confident of winning them all. "They are underestimating a lot about the JDS". "...time has come for us to build a nation that is productive, prosperous, safe and inclusive". India Today predicted the vote share of the Congress and the BJP at 39% and 35%, respectively while Republic TV pegged vote share for the parties at 36 per cent and 38.25 per cent. Over 2,600 candidates are in the fray- more than 2400 men and and over 200 women. It predicts 82 to 94 seats for Congress, while JD (S) and others will get 18-31 seats and 1 to 8 seats respectively.
However, various Exit polls conducted by visual media on Saturday had predicted a fractured mandate. "At 6 feet you drown", he said.
Not ready to comment on the exit poll surveys, Mr Yeddyurappa said he was not afraid of the Assembly poll results as the party was confident of getting the required number of seats to form the government. So, Dear party workers, supporters & well-wishers, don't worry about exit polls.
The BJP leader, while reacting to Siddaramaiah's statement on calling him "mentally disturbed" added that he was making such statements because he would lose the Chamundeshwari and Badami seats where the Karnataka Chief Minister is contesting from. However, powerful Vokkaliga (Gowda) leader and senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar indicated that the question of chief ministership is open in the event of the Congress forming the Government.
Following the end of polls on Saturday, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president and former chief minister G Parameshwara said that the decision on the Dalit chief minister matter will be taken by the party high command.