Karnataka Assembly Polls: Congress sure of getting majority, says Veerappa Moily

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The Congress was open to an alliance with the JD-S, party leader Ashok Gehlot said, as the party's top leaders met in New Delhi.

Among the prominent candidates are Chief Minister Siddaramaiah from Chamundeshwari district in Mysuru and Badami in Bagalkot and his son Yatindra from Varuna in Mysuru. "Every Congressman or (party) activist I have met in Karnataka has no doubt that we will be the single largest party".

NDTV's exit poll said the BJP will be single largest party with 98 seats, the Congress second largest party with 88 seats, and the JD (S) will be a kingmaker with 33 seats.

For the BJP too, the results of the Karnataka assembly elections are crucial for showing that it is not just a cow-belt party.

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On Sunday, BS Yeddyurappa said he could give in writing that BJP would win a clear majority of seats in Karnataka.

India Today-Axis My India surveyed 70,574 voters in all the 222 assemblies that went to polls.

ABP C-Voter exit poll has predicted 101-113 seats for BJP, claiming that the saffron party is likely to reach the "magic figure" of 113 seats. It has given 73-82 seats to the Congress, 32-43 seats to the JD (S) and 2-3 seats to others.

The BJP won 38 of the Lingayat dominated seats, while the Congress won 19. The Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) fielded candidates for 201 seats while its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) contested from 21 seats.

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Out of the 222 seats, 80-90 are expected to go to the BJP, while anywhere from 35-50 are expected to go to the JD (S).

Out of the 14 assemblies seen by the state since independence, the BJP has had a majority only in the thirteenth assembly, after which the Indian National Congress came back to power in 2013.

Chief minister Siddaramaiah, who could be the biggest stumbling block in this alliance, has already dropped hints that he will step aside for a dalit CM if the party so decides.

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