Karnataka election: Siddaramaiah says exit polls are just for entertainment

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Karnataka election: Siddaramaiah says exit polls are just for entertainment

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has brushed aside the projections made by different exit polls after Karnataka voted to decide its next government on Saturday.

Writing on his Twitter handle on Sunday morning, he termed the exit polls as means of entertainment.

“Exit opinion polls are entertainment for the next two days. So, dear party workers, supporters and well wishers, don’t worry about exit polls. Relax and enjoy your weekend. We are coming back,” he said.

Posts from Siddaramaiah’s Twitter handle.

This comes a day after he told India Today the he was expecting the same result as projected by the India Today-Axis My India exit poll.

The survey, in which over 51,500 people in 222 constituencies participated, predicts that the Congress will win between 106 and 118 seats, and 39 per cent of the vote share. Anything above 112 seats – the halfway mark – will hand the Congress a clear majority, which Siddaramaiah feels his party will achieve.

When asked about the numbers, the chief minister simply said, “I was expecting this.” The results of the poll, he said, were “nearer to truth,” and the “ground reality.”

Meanwhile, following the voting on Saturday, the Congress and BJP have both expressed confidence of garnering a victory.

The votes will be counted on May 15.

Read here for our complete coverage of Karnataka assembly election.

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