As counting of votes for Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 will take place on May 15, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday urged party workers to ignore exit polls, calling exit and opinion polls as mere “entertainment” for the next two days. He also asked party workers and well-wishers to “relax” and “enjoy the weekend”.
Siddaramaiah |Photo Credit: BCCL
Bengaluru: A day after voting took place for the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018, in which a few exit polls predicted a hung assembly, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday urged party workers to ignore such polls, calling exit and opinion polls as mere “entertainment” for the next two days. A confident Siddaramaiah also asked party workers and well-wishers to “relax” and said, “We are coming back.”
In a tweet, the Congress leader mocked the exit polls and said, Exit opinion polls are entertainment for the next 2 days Relying on poll of polls is like a person who can’t swim crossing a river on foot relying on a statistician who told him the average depth of the river is 4 feet Please note average of 6+4+2 is 4. At 6 feet you drown!” He further added, “So, Dear party workers, supporters & well wishers, don’t worry about exit polls. Relax & enjoy your weekend. We are coming back.”
Voting concluded for 222 constituencies of the state at 6 pm on Saturday with the Election Commission saying that the total voter turnout was approximately 70%. While Times Now –VMR exit poll predicted that the Congress was likely to win 90-103 seats, ahead of BJP’s 80 to 93 seats. On the other hand, Times Now- Today’s Chanakya exit poll predicted that the BJP will form a majority government with 120 seats, while the Congress will be reduced to 73 seats. Several other exit polls have also predicted a possibility of hung assembly with the Janata Dal (Secular) playing a crucial role in the formation of the next government.
On Saturday, ahead of the declarations of exit polls, Siddaramaiah had expressed confidence about Congress winning a second term in the state. He had also added that a victory in the Karnataka elections for the Congress will be a “stepping stone” for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019.