This will be my last election, not political act: CM Siddaramaiah

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah after voting in the Karnataka Assembly Elections at Hundi village Mysuru on Saturday

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah after voting in the Karnataka Assembly Elections at Hundi village Mysuru on Saturday

"We are going to win 125-130 seats with the help of everyone".

To a query, Yeddyurappa said there was no possibility of a hung Assembly.

Hosakote's incumbent MLA is the Congress' MTB Nagaraj, one of the party's richest legislators. However, before the formal announcement of the results, several agencies conducted exit polls, predicting the outcome. "They won't say because their mindset is like that while Siddaramaiah, true to the Congress culture, has spoken very boldly and transparently indicating the confidence we have in our victory", he added. Neither JD (S) nor BJP has any chance.

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. The gains for BJP seems to be huge given the fact that in 2013 the Congress figure was 122 followed by BJP at 40 and JD (S) 40 and KJP and others 22. The districts in Central Karnataka and the Old Mysore region also saw huge voter turnouts as well.

The Congress leader while speaking to reporters in Chamundeshwari constituency said, "This will be my last election". Any party or caolition looking to form government in Karnataka will have to secure the support of at least 113 MLAs. "Without Lingayat master stroke from Siddaramaiah, the Congress tally would have been near 65 to 70", Prof Kakade told UNI over phone.

The BJP's Chief Ministerial face B S Yeddyurappa was among the first to vote at Shikaripura in Shivamogga district. Rahul Gandhi and chief minister Siddaramaiah led the Congress' bid to ensure that it defies anti-incumbency to retain power. "Anna Bhagya" and "Shadi Bhagya" were two of his pet projects those provide free rice and subsized lentils and also financial assistance for minority people living below poverty line. National General Secretary Danish Ali said that Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) CM candidate Yeddyurappa claims will prove wrong when the results will be declared. While some of them have given BJP the edge and others to Congress, the overall message is that former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and his son could well turn out to be kingmakers. Between May 1 and May 9, Prime Minister addressed 21 rallies across the state.

If the BJP and the JD (S) team up. which again seems quite unlikely as of now, it could see an entirely new set of leadership at the helm, with H D Kumaraswamy getting another shot at Chief Ministership.

"Dear People of Karnataka, Thank you for exercising your franchise today".

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