Karnataka chief minister H.D.Kumaraswamy. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint
Karnataka chief minister H.D.Kumaraswamy. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

Exit polls hand advantage to BJP in Karnataka edging out Congress-JD(S) alliance

  • India Today, a national news channel, gave the BJP 21-25 seats while the Congress-JD(S) got only 3-6 seats
  • Suvarna News, a Kannada TV news channel gave the BJP 18-20 while the Congress and JD(S) got 7-10

BENGALURU : Multiple exit polls showed that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) edging out the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance in Karnataka almost bringing to life all fears of the coalition government.

India Today, a national news channel, gave the BJP 21-25 seats while the Congress-JD(S) got only 3-6 seats. It mentioned “others" getting one seat.

Suvarna News, a Kannada TV news channel gave the BJP 18-20 while the Congress and JD(S) got 7-10 and one seat for others out of the total 28 in Karnataka.

TV9 gave BJP 18, Congress and JD(S) nine seats and others one seat.

Though there was no clarity on “others" category, there was speculation that this could mean that Sumalatha Amarnath (Sumalatha Ambareesh) may have won against Nikhil Kumaraswamy.

The lower prediction for the coalition indicating that the state could see some turbulence mostly on account of the growing friction between Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress, who joined hands a year ago to circumvent the hung verdict in May last year.

The BJP is confident that it will be able to form the government in the state as the current administration led by chief minister H.D.Kumaraswamy will crumble under the burden of growing divide between the coalition partners.

Much of the friction emanating from the Congress’s side whose leaders and workers had refused to join hands with the JD(S), especially in districts of south Karnataka where the two parties have fought bitter and bloody battles in the past.

The open rebellion between the workers and leaders had added to the simmering tensions between the alliance partners and threatened to give the BJP an edge in the Lok Sabha polls, that saw the last of the seven phase polling conclude on Sunday.

The Congress had joined hands with the JD(S) in May last year to help the coalition script the revival of the former in the national elections and bring down Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP.

However, the relations between the alliance partners has soured also due to the clashes between former chief minister Siddaramaiah and his successor Kumaraswamy.

There has been an increasing clamour within the Congress that Siddaramaiah should become the chief minister that has aggravated Kumaraswamy and intensified the heated exchanges between the two.

“In this context,it's my earnest appeal to the leaders of both Congress and JD(S) in Karnataka,to refrain from making any controversial statements in public. Our foremost goal at this juncture is to help oust the BJP from power at the centre.Let us focus all our energies on that," Dinesh Gundu Rao, the state president of the Congress wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

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