Karnataka's 72% turnout is a record

During Saturday's polling, Karnataka witnessed an all-time high turnout of 73.07 per cent, with districts other than Bengaluru, bettering even the post-Emergency election (1977) record of 71.9 per cent and the 2013 State election figure of 71.45 per cent. Eight major polls Saturday predicted a median 26 seats for the party - with the higher end of the predicted range in some polls reaching 35-40 - a critical mass in a situation in which almost every poll sees both the Congress and the BJP falling short of the halfway mark of 112. Congress is looking forward to retaining its stronghold in the state. So, dear party workers, supporters and well wishers, don't worry about exit polls. The highest poll percentage of 89.97 was recorded in Hoskote in Bengaluru Rural, followed by 88.40 per cent in Srinivaspur in Kolar, where Health Minsiter Rameshkumar (Congress) was the candidate.

Yeddyurappa, who has been chief minister earlier too, said he will waive off loans after taking office as promised in the India's Bharatiya Janata Party manifesto.

The face-off in Karnataka is being seen as the Congress's last stand in a battle to claim national party status, while for the BJP it is a chance to come closer to realizing Modi's dream of an India purged of the Congress.

Congress leader Brijesh Kalappa has alleged tampering in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in parts of Karnataka to turn the elections in BJP's favour. Please note average of 6+4+2 is 4. But its 31 seats predicted by the polls are more than enough to place it in the kingmaker's spot. Relax and enjoy your weekend.

At least two exit polls - Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat and ABP-C Voter - have predicted that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party by bagging 104 and 104-116 seats respectively in the 224-member House. The post-poll surveys claimed that the Janata Dal (Secular) or JD (S) will be the "kingmaker" with almost 40 seats.

As we told you above that B. S. Yeddyurappa is the chief ministerial candidate for BJP and Congress is contesting the present CM Siddaramaiah.

The Congress leader while speaking to reporters in Chamundeshwari constituency said, "This will be my last election".

But Siddaramaiah - the first Karnataka chief minister to complete a full term in three decades - dismissed the exit polls, saying these are "entertainment". However, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is unperturbed.

Vanessa Coleman

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