Voter turnout in Karnataka highest since 1952 Assembly polls: Chief Electoral Officer

Voter turnout in Karnataka highest since 1952 Assembly polls: Chief Electoral Officer

The turnout was the highest-ever in Karnataka since the 1952 Assembly elections, he said. Eight major polls Saturday predicted a median 26 seats for the party - with the higher end of the predicted range in some polls reaching 35-40 - a critical mass in a situation in which almost every poll sees both the Congress and the BJP falling short of the halfway mark of 112.

Congress state President Dr.G Parameshwar has also said that they are open to the idea of Dalit Chief Minister.

Voters wait in a queue to cast their ballot outside a polling station during Karnataka assembly elections in Bengaluru. He said that the Congress party is taking the matter to the Election Commission.

The Congress has received its highest tally from the Axis My India poll for India Today as well as Suvarna's poll.

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Many political pundits have predicted that counting of votes on May 12 will result in a hung assembly and JDS will emerge as the ultimate kingmaker. Karnataka has an electorate of over 4.97 crore, including 2.52 crore men and 2.45 crore women. Relax and enjoy your weekend.

The Congress, with 25 seats, has a better chance as a lower voting percentage has always helped the party vis-a-vis the competition, The BJP has two seats and might retain them.

India Today-Axix My India's upper limit (106-118) gives Congress the simple majority in 224 seat House while Republic TV-Jan ki Baat (95-114) and Today's Chanakya (120) see BJP coming to power on its own.

Times Now-VMR exit poll, the Congress is likely to be the single largest party with 90-103 seats, the BJP second largest party with 80-93 seats.

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"The party will have to take the opinion of the legislators and the high command has to agree to it", the chief minister said adding "I didn't face any dissidence in my five-year term".

In the Old Mysore region, which is traditionally a stronghold of the Vokkaligas, the JD (S), with 23 seats, could get the same number of seats or less, as predicted by various exit polls. Siddaramaiah, who was once a key JD (S) leader, was sacked by the former prime minister in 2005.

The Congress had won 122 seats in the 2013 state Assembly polls following a split in the BJP, which was reduced to 40 seats while the JD (S) also got 40 seats.

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