Exit polls are just for entertainment: Siddaramaiah

People stand in a queue to cast their vote for Karnataka assembly elections in Bengaluru on Saturday

The 72.13 percent voter turnout in the Karnataka Assembly elections has broken all records and is the highest since the 1952 state polls, Chief Electoral Officer Sanjeev Kumar said on Sunday. "BJP can't get more than 60-65 seats", Siddaramaiah said.

The India TV-VMR exit poll said the ruling Congress could get 97 seats, (in a range of 90 to 103 seats), the BJP 87 seats (in a range of 80-93 seats), and the JDS-BSP alliance could get a decisive role in government formation with 35 seats (in a 31-39 seat range).

Indicating a tight race between the BJP and the Congress, most exit polls for the Karnataka Assembly elections forecast a hung assembly but gave the saffron party an edge with a possibility of the JD (S) emerging as the kingmaker.

Siddaramaiah's latest comment has now further fuelled the rumours of a possible tie-up between Congress and JD (S) but the strained personal relationship between Karnataka CM and Deve Gowda remains a point of trouble.

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"We outrightly reject the opinion-making polls and the exit polls".

Siddaramaiah also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP for ordering income-tax raids against Congress workers and well-wishers out of desperation because the BJP was sure to lose the elections.

The BJP has fielded at least six candidates closely related to Reddy, including fielding Sriramulu against Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah in Badami.

Siddaramaiah had also dubbed his political rival, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s B S Yeddyurappa as "mentally disturbed" for his claim that he would take oath as the chief minister on May 17.

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Various exit polls have given mixed predictions. Please note average of 6+4+2 is 4. "Only Congress will come to power and I will be the Chief Minister again", Siddharamaiah said.

Most exit polls predicted a hung assembly in Karnataka with the BJP's emerging as the single largest party with 99 seats and the Congress close second with 84 seats. This is primarily because voters do not see it forming a government on its own.

Still, Polling to 222 Karnataka Assembly constituencies began at 7 AM and will continue till 6 PM. Karnataka polled 71.45% in 2013 which was considered to be a vote against the five-year preceding rule of the BJP, that saw three chief ministers take turns to rule the state in the backdrop of frequent corruption allegations.

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