Siddaramaiah said the Congress would return to power with a clear majority and called his political rival, BJP’s B S Yeddyurappa, as “mentally disturbed” after he claimed that he would be the next chief minister.
Siddaramaiah |Photo Credit: ANI
Bengaluru: Exit polls have predicted a close fight between the incumbent Indian National Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, with advantage to the latter. The poll of polls has in fact given the BJP 103 seats in Karnataka out of the 222 that went to vote on Saturday. The Congress is projected to win 86 seats and JD(S)+ 31 seats.
As the projections came in, incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of the Congress said this will be his last election. “I will stay in politics but this is my last election,” Siddaramaiah said. He had earlier in the day sounded confident on the Congress’ win in the polls.
Siddaramaiah had tweeted: “Dear People of Karnataka, Thank you for exercising your franchise today. I thank all the officers & staff connected with conducting the Election for their hard work & sincerity. And finally, to all the workers of the Congress party – I am indebted to you for all your efforts. We have fought this election on the plank of our 5 year performance, and our vision for the state. I am confident the people of Karnataka will bless us to continue serving them.”
Earlier during the day, as voting progressed, Siddaramaiah said the Congress would return to power with a clear majority and called his political rival, BJP’s B S Yeddyurappa, as “mentally disturbed” after he claimed that he would be the next chief minister.
“Congress will get the clear majority. There is no confusion about this. We are very confident that Congress will come back to power with clear majority. He (Yeddyurappa) is mentally disturbed. BJP can’t get more than 60-65 seats,” Siddaramaiah said.