Don't worry, Congress will come back: Siddaramaiah dismisses exit polls on Karnataka

Voters after casting their vote for Karnataka Assembly elections in Hubballi on Saturday. PTI

Voters after casting their vote for Karnataka Assembly elections in Hubballi on Saturday. PTI

A day after the exit polls largely predicted a hung Assembly in Karnataka, speculation is rife about the Congress and the JD (S) forming the next Government without Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in the saddle.

The Times Now- VMR has predicted that Congress will get 97 seats in the assembly elections, with BJP coming a close second with 94 seats. I will give it in writing.

According to sources in the Congress, there could be three top Dalit contenders if the Congress wins this election.

A single-phase polling was held in 222 constituencies out of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST).

The forecast of a fractured verdict has raised the possibility of the Janata Dal (S) garnering enough seats for H D Deve Gowda to play king-maker.

Yeddyurappa said on Sunday that the CM is confused. I am not against anybody.

"The party will have to take opinion of the legislators and the high command has to agree to it", Siddaramaiah said adding "I didn't face any dissidence in my five-year term". "Everything will be decided by the party high command". Forcefully making someone a CM is hard. While he left the decision to the high command, the chief minister told reporters that it will be hard to impose any leader.

Although the Congress and the JD (S) had shared the dais before and similar to the BJP, the alliance with the grand old party was also not successful, there were chances that both parties could once again come together to form a "secular" government.

Asked if he would seek help from former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda in case of hung assembly, he told NDTV, "The situation does not arise".

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.

Votes will be counted on Tuesday and exit polls and other surveys have often been wrong in India. "But people shouldn't resort to wicked means to reach that post".

Prof E Radhakrishna, KPCC vice president, says Siddaramaiah's statement shows the mindset and thinking process of a party that is inclusive and which recognises all sections of society.

Tharoor, who was here to take part in a programme of the All India Professional Congress, said, "The All India Professional Congress endeavours to open chapters in various Lok Sabha constituencies, so that professionals can come together and interact as they do in a club".

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